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Requirements for RO2 and RO3

There is a fair amount of equipment you need to have in place to be able to operate an unmanned aircraft. This also covers those who already hold an operator's license.

You have to ensure that your aircraft can carry out the planned flight. If you plan on flying at night, you need to be approved as RO2 or RO3 operator and the aircraft must be equipped with lights. This means when the sun is 6° under the horizon or higher. In «the Norwegian Almanac» you’ll find the table for complete darkness for all of Norway.

If you, as an RO2 or RO3 operator are to fly beyond line of sight (BLOS), the aircraft must be equipped with low intensity white light, with at least a strength of 10 candela. This light must also rotate (strobe lighting), and blink at least 20 times per second.

You must also ensure that the aircraft is equipped with a height gauge or similar to ensure that the flight stays under 120 meters. The aircraft must also be equipped with a safety system that will automatically land the aircraft you lose control.

If you are flying planes, fixed wings, you must also have an additional system that will land controlled if an emergency situation arises. An alternative solution is that another pilot can control the plane with a secondary radio if yours loses connection.

Requirements for organization: You as the responsible manager or operations manager must familiarize yourself and acquire knowledge about the factors that may be important when you operate RO2 and RO3. This will be, for example topics such as safety, airspace, communications, signal density or other relevant information in aviation (NOTAM, AIC, AIP, local airspace restrictions, etc.). Technical manager must be able to document or prove necessary expertise in the field. Responsibilities of the senior personnel should be described in the operating manual.