Class 1

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Class 1 A et B

Besides medical examination, the Royal Decree ensures that UAV pilots demonstrate sufficient theoretical knowledge of the aviation world in which they are about to evolve. To adapt the training profile of each candidate, the AR provides a theoretical examination (multiple choice) and a practical exam given by an examiner appointed by DGAT.

Similarly, the pilot will be asked to maintain his skills since he will have to fly a minimum of 2 hours per year (6 flights) to keep his license valid. 

Class 1A : Additional requirements

For any type of Class 1a operation, representing a higher risk, the operator must meet the following additional requirements:

  • Send an exploitation authorization request to DGAT.

  • The used RPAS must have a certificate of conformity issued by the DGAT or equivalent document of compliance issued by another aviation authority or an approved independent institute.    https://mobilit.belgium.be/fr/transport_aerien/drones/homologation

After the request analysis, DGAT will (not) give their authorization to start the flight. DGAT may, if necessary, request additional information to complete the authorization file.

Operations may only begin upon the authorization receipt issued by the DGAT.

A notification will be sent during each operation by DGAT indicating at least the place, date, time of flight, the name of unmanned drone and its registration number. 


Class 1B : Additional Requirements  

For any type of Class 1b operation, representing a moderate risk, the operator must send an operating statement to DGAT at least 10 working days before the first use. Exploitation can begin upon acknowledgment receipt sent by DGAT.

A notification will be sent to DGAT during each flight indicating at least the place, date, time of flight, the name of unmanned drone and its registration number. 


Class 1 requirements

For class 1, operators must meet the following conditions (requirements):

  • The UAV should have a maximum takeoff weight of less than 150kg

  • The UAV must be of at least 18 y.o.

  • The flight can not exceed a height of 300ft (about 90m) above the ground.

  • The flight can not be executed in a controlled airspace

  • Subject to authorization of the DGAT, the flight can be executed over cities or villages

  • Subject to authorization of the DGAT, the drone can fly over people or animals

  • The UAV must always remain visible to remote pilot or one of two supervisors

  • The remote pilot must prove he has passed a theoretical exam on the following subjects:

  • aviation regulatory system and ATC procedures

  • performance and human limitations

  • weather forecast;

  • communication

  • please contact BeUAS to obtain a list of training schools.

  • However, anyone with a pilot's license that meets the EASA regulation Part-FCL (LAPL, PPL, CPL, ATPL) is exempted from the theoretical exam at DGAT. He should, however, provide a copy of his valid license to the examiner during the practical test

  • The UAV pilot must pass a practical test (certificate of achievement) in presence of an examiner recognized by the DGAT and on land approved by DGAT.

  • The UAV pilot must have a license with the required qualifications.

  • The remote pilot must have a valid LAPL medical certificate.

  • The UAV pilot must at all times comply with general safety measures.

  • The UAV pilot must have a liability insurance covering the aviation-related activity and the use of unmanned aircraft.

  • The remote pilot or operator must write an operations manual, including the risk analysis of the mission or the type of planned missions.

  • Drone must be registered within the DGAT

  • If the drone is used near a gathering of people, or near an obstacle, the activity is classified as class 1a. 

Class 1a : Additional requirements

For any type of Class 1a operation, representing a higher risk, the operator must meet the following additional requirements.

  • Send an exploitation authorization request to DGAT.

  • The used RPAS must have a certificate of conformity issued by the DGAT or equivalent document of compliance issued by another aviation authority or an approved independent institute.

After the request analysis, DGAT will give/or not their authorization to start the flights. DGAT may, if necessary, request additional information to complete the authorization file.

Operations may only begin upon receipt of the authorization issued by the DGAT.

A notification will be sent during each operation by DGAT indicating at least the place, date, time of flight, the name of unmanned drone and its registration number.

Class 1b : Additional Requirements

For any type of Class 1b operation, representing a moderate risk, the operator must send an operating statement to DGAT at least 10 working days before the first use. Exploitation can begin upon acknowledgment receipt sent by DGAT.

A notification will be sent to DGAT during each flight indicating at least the place, date, time of flight, the name of unmanned drone and its registration number.

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