Wingtra, the Zurich-based developer of advanced VTOL survey and mapping drones, has announced that its WingtraOne GEN II drone is now C3 class compliant, following standards set by the European Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2019/945 pertaining to unmanned aircraft systems.
This C3 certification underscores Wingtra’s dedication to maintaining high product quality and safety standards for its drone operations within the European Union. The achievement follows closely on the heels of Wingtra's recent regulatory accomplishment of receiving the SORA SAIL III approval from the Federal Office of Civil Aviation (FOCA) in Switzerland.
Starting from January 1, 2024, drones branded with the C3 class identification will enable WingtraOne GEN II operators to conduct flights under the open A3 category (low-risk commercial activities) throughout all EASA member states. Wingtra has also confirmed that existing customers who acquired their systems prior to 2024, even without the C3 mark, can legally continue their operations within the A3 category.
Achieving C3 classification necessitated the WingtraOne GEN II drone to undergo intensive testing and conformity assessment. NavCert GmbH, appointed by the LBA (Luftfahrt-Bundesamt–German Federal Aviation Agency), conducted the evaluation. Drones in the C3 class weigh under 25 kg for the maximum take-off weight (MTOM), have remote ID, geo-awareness, and adhere to the European Union's safety regulations, ensuring controllability and a reliable command and control (C2) link.
Marcel Visser, the Managing Director of NavCert GmbH, congratulated Wingtra on this accomplishment, saying, “We are pleased to have been part of this process as the notified body (NB 2603) for the C3 marking. Wingtra’s approach, which blends simplicity of use with fully automated flights and vertical take-off and landing, has been impressive. We anticipate that this achievement will further solidify Wingtra's position in the European drone market.”