3DR IRIS gets approved in France by DGAC (french FAA).

After a few weeks of administrative processing it is finally here, the "Attestation de conception de type" (Type certificate) allows the 3DRobotics IRIS to fly legally in France in scenarios S1, S2 and S3. S3 meaning it can fly in urban areas as well !


We're working with the DGAC on revision 2 of the type certificate to get the IRIS+ approved.
The IRIS+ looks like a great enhancement of the 1st version and we can't wait to receive ours to try it out. Along with the Gopro 3, this is a great setup, looking more and more like a tool than a toy.

Working out of the box, easy to fly and carry, capable of 4K video and benefitting from all the features of the Pixhawk controller, no doubt the IRIS+ will be a great machine for numerous jobs.

With more lightweight sensors coming up (multispectral and thermal cameras, LIDARS, etc) the IRIS+ may also proves to be pretty versatile.

Now if Teradek or Paralinx could make a 4K, sub-milliseconde latency, lightweight wireless video transmitter... (providing that the GoPro does indeed output 4k over HDMI).

Here's a quick recap of S1, S2 & S3 scenarios :

S1
Max altitude : 150 meters (490 feet)
Max horizontal distance from pilot : 100 meters (330 feet)
Max Take Off Weight : 25kg (55 lb)
Outside of urban areas
The pilot must maitain visual contact with the UAV at all time

S2
Max altitude : 100 meters (330 feet)
Max horizontal distance from pilot : 100 meters (330 feet)
Max Take Off Weight : 25kg (55 lb)
Outside of urban areas
FPV flight allowed

S3
Max altitude : 150 meters (490 feet)
Max horizontal distance from pilot : 100 meters (330 feet)
Max Take Off Weight : 4kg (8.8 lb)
Over urban areas (as defined by OACI maps)
The pilot must maitain visual contact with the UAV at all time

S4
Max altitude : 150 meters (490 feet)
Max horizontal distance from pilot : unlimited
Max Take Off Weight : 2kg (4.4 lb)
Outside of urban areas
FPV Mandatory

More informations about the scenarios can be found here (french) : http://www.developpement-durable.gouv.fr/IMG/pdf/tableau-synthese-a...

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Comment by Gary McCray on September 19, 2014 at 11:36am

Great to hear Iris is accepted, seems like the + has so few changes it should have simply been included as the improved Iris, but I guess with government regulations any change means a whole new acceptance process.

Why couldn't we have some nice simple rules like that?

Several of your meters / feet equivalences are incorrect in your main text.

Comment by Euan Ramsay on September 19, 2014 at 12:08pm

This is obviously a fake story:
- No administration function in France takes only "a few weeks"
- It got approved
- It was too easy
- The gradings (S1-4) are too easily understood, and are not the required 30 pages long.

Comment by Euan Ramsay on September 19, 2014 at 12:12pm

Why are the heavies not allowed to fly more than 100m? Good luck pro film crews - your Sxxx rigs are pretty much useless now.

Comment by Matthias Badaire on September 19, 2014 at 2:17pm
Can we avoid French bashing, this is annoying, like any other type of bashing.
At least that administration tried to do something unlike many other EU countries.
The current law is not perfect but it is a start.
Comment by Nicolas on September 19, 2014 at 2:26pm
Euan, i really don t understand what you mean. What is the point of doing a fake? You r right there is a mistake, S2 is 1000 meters, i will modify it. Anyway, we are working hard for a year to introduce the ardupilot to the DGAC. In addition we are training people, so be sure that i fully understand the legal framework in France and as we are working in your country aswell (we are 1,5 hours away of genova) i fully understand swiss one and follow it in a very close way. Feel free to ask us if you need any advice.
Comment by Jack Crossfire on September 19, 2014 at 2:29pm

But is the DGAC a partner of 3DR?

Comment by Matthias Badaire on September 19, 2014 at 3:24pm
@jack: dgac is a French administration like faa
@nicolas: this was a bad joke about French administration from Euan
Comment by Gary McCray on September 19, 2014 at 8:08pm

@Jack I'm pretty sure Chris's new friend Richard just bought France.

Comment by Euan Ramsay on September 19, 2014 at 10:33pm

Indeed this was a joke based on person experience, apologies. I have just been dealing with French authorities over a very minor tax issue, and it has taken 8 months to resolve. I am not alone either.

Swiss regulations are already defined, and poorly thought out. Are you saying they are looking for type approval as well?

Comment by Euan Ramsay on September 19, 2014 at 10:41pm

Regarding french type approval - perhaps you can explain, for the benefit of the international audience, what this process is and why it is required?

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