Nordic Unmanned has received the European Light UAS Operator Certificate (LUC) issued by the Norwegian Civil Aviation Authority under the EASA (European Union Aviation Safety Agency) EU 2019/947 rules and has become the first European operator to receive this new certificate for several different models of Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS).
The certificate is issued under the new European Regulation in place since 1.1.2021. The LUC is the first ever issued in Norway and has LUC number 001.
The certificate allows Nordic Unmanned to deploy its entire fleet of eight different Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) models for beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) flights in all EASA member countries by self-approving its operations and leveraging simplified declaration procedures across all European countries. It replaces the previous regulation where each country had their own rules and procedures that were lacking uniformity from a European operator perspective. The UAS (drone) models includes among others Schiebel CAMCOPTER® S-100, Staaker BG-200, and Lockheed Martin Indago.
“Obtaining this pan European operator certificate is a major milestone for Nordic Unmanned and increases efficiency of our operations within Europe and decreases the time from customer request to delivery” says Lars A. Landsnes, COO of Nordic Unmanned.
“As approximately 90% of our operational activities are in other European countries than Norway, we will benefit by increasing our market reach and increase our future commercial opportunities by receiving the LUC for our fleet of drones. The implementation of the new regulation in all EASA member countries will further expand our activities and fuel the European market to grow even faster” says Knut Roar Wiig, CEO of Nordic Unmanned.