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Specific category

The specific category will fit most operators that do not fit in the open category. A lot of operations in specific are beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS).

There are several options for operators to get approval for flying in the specific category:

  • SORA: Apply for authorisation through a Specific Operation Risk Assessment (SORA) for each type of operation.
  • PDRA: Apply by using a Predefined Risk Assessment (PDRA). This is a pre-made SORA for the operator.
  • STS: Declare to operate using a standard scenario (STS). For this, the drone must have a certain C-classification, and the pilot must have passed the exam for STS. This does not apply until 2024.
  • LUC: Apply to become a Light UAS Operator (LUC). A LUC can be authorised to approve their own SORA, PDRA or STS.