By Naomi Szeben
Schiebel received the organizational approval certificate Light UAS Operator Certificate (LUC) for its CAMCOPTER S-100 from Austro Control.
Under the new EU regulatory framework for civil UAS operators, a LUC can be issued by the National Aviation Authority. Schiebel successfully demonstrated and met the requirements for the certification by Austro Control, thus permitting the LUC to be issued as of February 25. It enables the company to self-authorize operations, within the defined scope and privileges, in civil airspace without applying for authorization.
For Schiebel these operations include commercial drone flights, test flights as well as training flights for pilots. The LUC, which is also valid in the European Union and EASA member states, is an important step for the UAV market. It opens further opportunities in regards to flying in civil airspace by allowing the operators to carry the responsibility for their operations, making the whole process more efficient and structured. The certification process includes a thorough review of the safety, compliance, and management system. Special focus is put on the qualification of the personnel and the handling of operational aspects.
Valerie Hackl, Managing Director Austro Control, said in a statement: “By issuing the first LUC in Europe to Schiebel, Austro Control has shown to be a reliable and innovative partner for the Austrian aviation industry when it comes to the fast and efficient implementation of new regulations. With this Certificate Austro Control provides Austrian companies such as Schiebel with an early competitive advantage and enables them to strengthen their international market position.”