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What You Need to Know About C1 and C2 Labels for DJI Drones

If you are a drone operator in the European Union, you may have heard of the new drone regulations that came into effect in 2021. These regulations introduced a classification system for drones based on their weight, capabilities, and intended use. Depending on the class of your drone, you may need to obtain a class identification label to fly legally in the open category.

In this blog post, we will explain what C1 and C2 labels are, which DJI drones have received them, and how to apply for them if you own a compatible DJI drone.

What are C0, C1 and C2 Labels?

From January 1, 2024the European Union’s revamped drone regulations will become fully applicable and the open category will benefit from drones with a class identification label. This system categorizes drones based on their weight, capabilities, and intended use, and requires operators to obtain certification for certain categories of drones. The good news is that DJI has already placed several compliant drones on the EU market.

  • C1 and C2 labels are class identification labels that indicate the level of compliance of a drone with the European Drone Classification System. This system categorizes drones into five classes: C0, C1, C2, C3, and C4. Each class has different requirements and limitations for flying in the open category, which is the most common category for recreational and commercial drone operations.
  • The C1 label is for drones that weigh less than 900 g and have a maximum speed of 19 m/s. These drones can fly in the A1 subcategory of the open category, which means they can fly over uninvolved people or close to them. However, they cannot fly over assemblies of people.
  • The C2 label is for drones that weigh less than 4 kg and have a maximum speed of 72 km/h. These drones can fly in the A2 subcategory of the open category, which means they can fly close to uninvolved people, but not over them. They must also maintain a horizontal distance of at least 5 m from uninvolved people, unless the drone has a low-speed mode that reduces the speed to 3 m/s or less.

Which DJI Drones Have Received C1 and C2 Labels?

DJI, the global leader in civilian drones and creative camera technology, has been working closely with EASA (European Union Aviation Safety Agency) to ensure that its drones meet the standards of the European Drone Classification System. As of October 2023, DJI has placed several compliant drones on the EU market, and has also launched the application process for customers who wish to obtain the C1 or C2 label for their existing DJI drones.

The following DJI drones have received a C0 label from EASA:

  • Mini 2 SE: The most affordable, entry-level mini camera drone from DJI is equipped with a 1/2.3-inch CMOS sensor. It films video at 2.7K and delivers photos at 12MP. Mini 2 SE supports a maximum flight time of 31 minutes and can transmit HD videos up to 10 km.
  • DJI Mini 3: Weighing less than 249 grams, Mini 3 is portable enough to take anywhere and is exempt from most drone regulations in several parts of the world. Its 1/1.3-inch camera sensor films 4K HDR video and 48 MP photos with True Vertical Shooting for ready-to-share social media content. 
  • DJI Mini 3 Pro: This version of the Mini 3 offers more advanced shooting features, better ISO range, slow motion video recording, tri-directional obstacle sensing, D-Cinelike color mode, and better video transmission.
  • DJI Mini 4 Pro Fly More ComboThe newly-released Mini 4 Pro is DJI’s first-ever sub-250-gram drone with omnidirectional obstacle sensing. This drone comes with DJI’s flagship O4 video transmission technology that enables 1080p/60fps FHD video transmission capability from distances of up to 20 km. 

The following DJI drones have received a C1 label from EASA:

  • DJI Air 3: The Air 3 is DJI’s latest all-around drone. It features a dual camera setup that delivers 48MP photos and 4K/60fps HDR videos, and has a flight time of up to 46 minutes. It also has omnidirectional obstacle sensing, O4 HD video transmission system, and many other flagship features.
  • DJI Mavic 3 V2.0: The Mavic 3 is one of the best photography drones from DJI. It boasts a dual camera setup that consists of a 4/3 CMOS Hasselblad camera and a tele camera with 28x hybrid zoom. It also has a flight time of up to 46 minutes, O4 HD video transmission system, and omnidirectional obstacle sensing.
 

The following DJI drones have received a C2 label from EASA:

  • DJI Mavic 3 Enterprise Series: The Mavic 3 Enterprise Series is designed for professional users who need a versatile and reliable drone for various missions. It includes the Mavic 3 Enterprise, Mavic 3 Thermal, and Mavic 3 Multispectral drones, which offer different payloads and capabilities for different scenarios. The Mavic 3 Enterprise Series also has a flight time of up to 31 minutes, O4 HD video transmission system, and omnidirectional obstacle sensing.
  • DJI Matrice 30 Series: The Matrice 30 Series is DJI’s most advanced industrial drone platform. It includes the Matrice 30 and Matrice 30T drones, which can carry up to 9 kg of payload and have a flight time of up to 55 minutes. The Matrice 30 Series also has a modular design that allows users to customize their drone with various accessories and sensors.

How to Apply for C1 and C2 Labels for DJI Drones?

If you own one of the DJI drones that are eligible for the C1 or C2 label, you can apply for the label through the DJI Pilot 2 app. The process is simple and straightforward, and you will receive your label by mail within a short time. Here are the steps you need to follow:

  • Step 1: Update your drone firmware to version 7.1 through the DJI Pilot 2 app. This is necessary to make your drone RemoteID-ready, which is one of the requirements for the C1 and C2 label.
  • Step 2: Apply for the C1 or C2 label through the DJI Pilot 2 app. You will see a pop-up on your home screen that will lead you to the application page. Alternatively, you can go to the Service and Support section of the app and find the application page there.
  • Step 3: Fill out the application form and submit it. You will need to provide some basic information about yourself and your drone, such as your name, address, email, drone model, and serial number.
  • Step 4: Wait for your label to arrive by mail. You will not receive a tracking number, so the delivery time may vary depending on your location.
  • Step 5: Attach the label to your drone and change the propellers. Labeling your drone is only one part of the compliance process. You also need to change to low-noise propellers to meet the noise requirements for the C1 and C2 label. You can purchase the low-noise propellers from your local dealer or the DJI Store.

The C1 and C2 labels are important for drone operators who want to fly legally and safely in the European Union. DJI has made it easy for its customers to obtain these labels for their compatible drones, and has also launched several new drones that are compliant with the European Drone Classification System. If you own a DJI drone that is eligible for the C1 or C2 label, we recommend that you apply for it as soon as possible to enjoy the benefits of flying in the open category.

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