Operational declaration according to a standard scenario (STS) – SPECIFIC category

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Summary:

European rules apply to the operation of UAS ('Unmanned Aircraft System', i.e. drones). This procedure concerns operational declarations according to a standard scenario (STS) for the SPECIFIC category.

Since 1 January 2024, new European rules apply to the operation of drones (also known as Unmanned Aircraft Systems or UAS).

These rules provide for the possibility of using European Standard Scenarios (STS). These are low-risk operational scenarios defined by the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) to facilitate operations in the SPECIFIC category.

There are currently 2 scenarios:

  • STS-01: visual line of sight operation (VLOS) over a controlled ground area.
  • STS-02: beyond visual line of sight operation (BVLOS) over a controlled ground area.

These 2 scenarios:

  • impose precise restrictions on the controlled ground area;
  • are carried out at a maximum height of 120 metres above ground level.

UAS operators must grant the Directorate of Civil Aviation (DAC) access to any UAS, installation, document, register, data, procedure or any other material relating to their activity.

Who is concerned?

All UAS operators who wish to operate in the SPECIFIC category according to a European standard scenario (STS).

Prerequisites

1. UAS operator registration

Natural or legal persons who wish to operate a UAS within the framework of standard scenarios must:

  • first register as a UAS operator; and
  • be able to provide a UAS operator registration number in compliance with European regulations.

You must register as a UAS operator in the Member State where:

  • you are resident, if you are a natural person; or
  • where you have your principal place of business, if you are a legal person.

2. Class marking

Standard scenarios are exclusively intended for UAS with a C5 (STS-01) or C6 (STS-02) class marking.

Documents attesting to the compliance of the declared UAS are necessary to complete the procedure.

3. Training

UAS operation within the framework of standard scenarios must be carried out by a remote pilot holding a certificate of remote pilot theoretical knowledge in accordance with the Regulation (EU) 2019/947. Document attesting to the theoretical competence of the remote pilot(s) are necessary to complete the procedure.

4. Operation

UAS operation within the framework of standard scenarios must comply with the operations manual. This manual includes the elements defined in Appendix 5 of the Regulation (EU) 2019/947.
A copy of the operations manual related to the intended scenario is necessary to complete this procedure.

Costs

The procedure for the operational declaration according to a standard scenario (STS) is free of charge.

How to proceed

Filing the declaration

To submit an operational declaration according to a standard scenario (STS), a request can be made to the Directorate of Civil Aviation (DAC):

  • by using MyGuichet.lu (see 'Online services and forms') or the Myguichet.lu mobile application. This is a procedure with authentication that requires a LuxTrust product or an electronic identity card or an eIDAS mean of identification.
  • or by using a paper form that can be filled in and sent:

Please note:

  • only one standard scenario can be declared per procedure;
  • the same procedure may include several UAS linked to the same standard scenario;
  • all the UAS operated under a standard scenario must be declared.

Deadlines for reply

Once the procedure is complete, the attestation of confirmation of receipt and completeness as well as the declaration form in European format will be issued within 10 working days.

Duration of validity

The attestation of confirmation of receipt and completeness is valid for 2 years.

Obligations

UAS operation can only begin once the attestation of confirmation of receipt and completeness for the intended standard scenario has been received.

In case of significant changes to the initial declaration, the UAS operator must submit an updated declaration of operation.

Online services and forms

Who to contact

  • Directorate of Civil Aviation
    4, rue Lou Hemmer L-1748 Senningerberg Luxembourg
    Postbox 283 L-2012 Luxembourg
    Email address: civilair@av.etat.lu
    Closed ⋅ Opens at 8.30
    Wednesday:
    8.30 to 12.00, 13.00 to 17.00
    Thursday:
    8.30 to 12.00, 13.00 to 17.00
    Friday:
    8.30 to 12.00, 13.00 to 17.00
    Saturday:
    Closed
    Sunday:
    Closed
    Monday:
    8.30 to 12.00, 13.00 to 17.00
    Tuesday:
    8.30 to 12.00, 13.00 to 17.00

Related procedures and links

Procedures

Registering as a UAS operator Declaration to provide and assess training for a standard scenario (STS) – SPECIFIC category

Links

Further information

Legal references

Règlement d'exécution (UE) modifié n° 2019/947 de la Commission du 24 mai 2019

concernant les règles et procédures applicables à l'exploitation d'aéronefs sans équipage à bord

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