AgEagle’s eBee Drones Receive EASA’s C6 Certificate for BVLOS Flights in the European Union
WICHITA, Kan., Oct. 04, 2023 — AgEagle Aerial Systems Inc. (NYSE American: UAVS) (“AgEagle” or the “Company”), an industry-leading provider of full stack flight hardware, sensors and software for commercial and government use, today announced that the eBee X™, eBee TAC™ Public Safety, eBee™ Ag and eBee™ Geo drones (“eBee X Series“) have been designated with the C6 class identification label in accordance with the European Union (“EU”) regulations.
As of January 1, 2024, drone operators of C6-labeled eBees will be able to conduct Beyond Visual Line of Sight (“BVLOS”) operations with airspace observers over a controlled ground area in a sparsely populated environment throughout Europe. Operators simply need to submit a required declaration with their applicable National Aviation Authority indicating whether they intend to fly missions in accordance with the European Standard Scenario- (“STS”) 01 or STS-02.
With this new certification, the eBee X Series become the only professional drones in the market with both C6 and C2 markings, providing distinct advantages to operators throughout Europe.
Barrett Mooney, Chairman and CEO of AgEagle, noted, “The inclusion of the C6 marking alongside our C2-labeled eBee drones will significantly enhance the market advantages for our European customers. It grants access to areas and operational modes restricted to drones weighing over 4 kg, all without the requirement for formal permissions or regulatory waivers. Currently, only eBee drones possess both the C2 and C6 marking, affirming their status as the safest choice for flying over people and conducting BVLOS operations.”
To achieve the C6 classification, eBees underwent rigorous testing and evaluation by the notified body NavCert GmbH to confirm their compliance with specific EU criteria.
Marcel Visser, Managing Director of NavCert GmbH, stated, “Congratulations to AgEagle on achieving the C6 marking for the eBee X series drones. We are honored to have been the Notified Body (NB 2603) responsible for assessing the fixed-wing drones for the C mark. Our extensive experience and our contribution to the development of the EN 4709 standard have been invaluable in conducting the technical assessments mandated by the Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2019/945 on unmanned aircraft systems. We remain dedicated to upholding the requisite standards of quality and safety for drone operations within the European Union.”
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