Under the new European Union (EU) regulatory framework for civil UAS operators, it is possible to receive a LUC by the National Aviation Authority. Schiebel is the first UAV operator in Europe to successfully demonstrate and meet the requirements for the certification to Austro Control. The requirements are according to (EU) 2019/947 on the rules and procedures for the operation of unmanned aircrafts.
On 25 February, Schiebel was issued the LUC, which enables the company to self-authorise operations in civil airspace without applying for authorisation within the defined scope and privileges. In case of Schiebel these operations include commercial droneflights, testflights 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. It allows 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- and compliance system as well as the management system. A special focus is also put on the qualification of the personnel and the handling of operational aspects. As long as all the requirements are kept being met, the LUC remains valid and does not expire.
“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”, said Valerie Hackl, Managing Director Austro Control.
Magnus Brunner, State Secretary for Aviation Austria, said: „Congratulations to the Schiebel Group for receiving the LUC and achieving a milestone as the first company across Europe. This is a great example of innovation made in Austria and a leap for the aviation manufacturing industry. It proves that the cooperation between industry and authorities, in particular with the certifying Austro Control, is well established and aims at supporting innovation and international market leaders.“
Hannes Hecher, CEO at Schiebel, said: “We are very proud to be the first organisation in Europe to be issued the LUC. Schiebel is always one step ahead and this is another important milestone for operating our S-100 in a more efficient way.”