Regulation of parachutes for drone in France on July 20, 2018

Regulation of parachutes for drone in France on July 20, 2018

Outside the S3 scenario -> The parachute is not mandatory

For a drone weighing less than 2 kg

  • No need for parachute

For a drone between 2kg and 4kg in S3 scenario

  • Parachute limits impact energy to 69 joules
  • The parachute must be able to be controlled without going through the autopilot. So either by a free channel of the receiver, or by a separate receiver dedicated to the parachute
  • The parachute must deploy completely in less than 15 meters of fall
  • The parachute must be triggered automatically if the failsafe mode consists of a simple stop of the engines, against if the failsafe consists of an automatic return to the starting point, the parachute must not be triggered

And more for drones over 4 kg in S-3 scenario

  • The triggering of the parachute must also stop the engines
  • The radio control and the parachute receiver must be independent of the radio control and the main receiver (which is used to control the drone)
  • A sound signal placed on the drone must signal its fall.
  • The parachute must be ejected by a spring or a pyrotechnic system and not simply deployed by gravity
  • The proper operation of the parachute must be able to be checked before each flight

Beyond 8kg

  • Scenario S-3 impossible

Règlementation des parachutes pour drone en France au 20 juillet 2018

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We are talking here only about non-captive drones and parachute, no airbag or other system of protection of third parties.

DSAC guide - Aircraft flowing without anyone on board: special activities - Edition 1 Version 4 - 20/07/2018:

Posted on 09/17/2018 by Gaël Billon 0 4907

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