EU Drone License

A European drone license is mandatory for unmanned aircraft systems flying in the open category. If your drone weights 250 grams or more you need such a license in the EU, Norway, Iceland and Switzerland.

We are sorry to say no. Neither for manned aircraft nor for unmanned aircraft.

No. The European drone license is issued by EASA member states. The UK is not a EASA member state and therefore it has it's own license system.

It's not that hard, but you have to study to pass our official exams, with a score of 75% or higher, so you can apply for the license.

Basic certificate A1-A3

With the basic certificate A1-A3 you can fly your drone in subcategory A1 (less than 500 grams) or subcategory A3 (from 2 kilos to 25 kilos). In subcategory A1, flying is allowed in urban areas, but in subcategory A3 you must keep at least 150 metres away from it.

You will apply for this certificate by the Dutch authorities in the Netherlands.

Yes. The application costs 10 euros. After a succesful application you receive a digital pdf document. This is your basic certificate A1-A3.

Additional certificate A2

With the additional certificate A2 you can fly your drone in subcategory A2 (500 gram till 2 kilos). It's an upgrade of the basic certificate. You need it if you want to fly in urban areas.

No. You have to get the basic certificate A1-A3 first, because EASA member states can't issue the additional certificate A2 without the first mentioned.

You will apply for this certificate by the Dutch authorities in the Netherlands.

Yes. The application costs 10 euros. After a succesful application you receive a digital pdf document. This is your additional certificate A2.

More requirements

Yes, you need to register yourself or your company as a operator. You can do this in every EASA member state. In the Netherlands it costs 23 euros (one-off fee) and 13 euros annually to extend registration for one more year.

Although it is mandatory for drones from 20 kilos, a legal liability insurance is always higly recommended.

About our courses and exams

After payment you will immediately have 30 days access to our digital learning environment. In this period you can study, take exam(s) and retake exam(s) as much as you need.

Yes. Drone Class is legally obliged to identify you. We do this in a simple but robust way in co-operation with an international partner.

After you succesfully passed the exam you are able to fill in required information that Drone Class needs to inform the Dutch authorities about your results. We will send you straight away an email with a signup link to start your application.

Specific category

If you need to fly, for instance, in controlled or restricted airspace or with heavy payload in residential areas, your operation will automatically fall under the specific category.

Operations in the specific categorie are (considered as) more dangerous and need permission from the aviation authority first. There are requirements to be met like an operational manual, trained crew and the actual permission, the operator pays a significant fee for.

As the operator is responsible for the competencies of the pilot and these have to be proven before getting permission for the ConOps, it's highly recommended to follow training first.

We offer a flexibel, online theory and practical training for the specific category in English. The first step is always writing your ConOps and, secondly, doing a risk assessment (SORA). Based on the outcomes of this risk analysis we are able to determine the training goals for the crew.

No. For further assistance with your ConOps and SORA we redirect you to our experienced consultancy partner. Drone Class is focussing on training only.

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