EASA (European Union Aviation Safety Agency) introduced in 2021 the European Drone Classification System, a regulatory system that characterizes drones according to weight, capabilities and purpose of use. This system requires drone operators to obtain a certificate for the category of drone they operate. The regulations have been implemented gradually, and operators could so far fly without the drone being classified as a Class C, but this certification will be mandatory from January 1, 2024.

Fortunately, the Mavic 3 and Matrice 30 series fall into the C2 class according to the class identification level (see here more about the classification of drones according to EASA regulations), and the process of obtaining this certification is very simple and fast. If you own one of the drones:

  • Mavic 3 Thermal
  • Mavic 3 Enterprise
  • Mavic 3 Multispectral
  • Matrix 30
  • Matrix 30T

this article will show you everything you need to do to get the C2 class label.

The first step is to update the firmware via the DJI Pilot 2 app. This update, especially for version 7.1, is essential to ensure RemoteID readiness, a requirement for C2 compliance.

After completing the firmware update to version 7.1 via the DJI Pilot 2 app, a pop-up notification will prompt users to access the C2 Label app page. This simplified process allows users to apply for the C2 tag directly from the home screen of the DJI Pilot 2 by tapping the “Apply” option.

The third step in obtaining the Class C2 identification tag for your DJI drone involves completing a short application form through the system. After providing the required details, users can submit the application. Following this process, C2 labels will be shipped and delivered in the mail within a short time frame. This simple and effective method ensures that the necessary certification for regulatory compliance is obtained smoothly and in a timely manner.

The next step involves attaching the obtained C2 tags and making a necessary modification to the drone. For Mavic 3 Enterprise and Matrice 30 series drones, users need to upgrade to low noise propellers in accordance with C2 label regulations. It is important to note that these low noise propellers are sold separately and users are responsible for their purchase. Propellers can be purchased through local dealers or the DJI store. Ensuring both proper labeling and the use of compliant propellers helps meet local regulations and maintain adherence to Class C2 identification standards. For Mavic 3 E series drones, the low noise propeller model is 8658F, and for Matrice 30 series drones, the propeller model is R1676.

The fifth step involves providing evidence of regulatory compliance. After attaching C2 tags and changing to low-noise propellers, users must upload a photo of the drone as proof of compliance. This step is crucial for the class ID tag application, and after successful verification, users will receive the C2 certificate. This completes the process by ensuring that the drone meets the necessary standards set by the class identification regulations.

The final step in the compliance process is to download the C2 Certificate. In approximately three business days (subject to confirmation), the final document will be accessible via the DJI Pilot 2 app. Users can then proceed to download the certificate and are advised to keep it handy when flying the drone. This marks the completion of the entire Class C2 identification process, ensuring operators have the necessary documentation to demonstrate regulatory compliance while operating their drones.

The length of the C2 certification process can vary, and the specific timing for each step may depend on factors such as timeliness of label shipment and availability of low-noise propellers. Typically, users can expect to receive their C2 certificate within three business days of uploading their proof of compliance. However, it is important to confirm this timeframe during the application process.

To ensure a smooth and timely process, users are advised to plan ahead and factor in the time required for label delivery and any additional steps such as purchasing and receiving low-noise propellers. Commitment to safer drone operations by complying with European regulations, including the drone classification system and class identification process, is crucial for responsible and legal drone use.