The primary goal in the development of the AirFrame AF6-800 copter and the CameraMount CM-M gimbal was the conceptualization of a complete system in form of the AirJib AJ6-800 which is capable of recording videos in Ultra HD 4K quality without going above an overall take off weight (TOW) of 5kg. Another parameter was the ability to control the complete system with a 3-axes gimbal through two-man operation.
In order to be granted permission to fly a pilot less aircraft in a densely populated area (area of application IV - this is the highest level) according to the Austrian legislation on civil aviation it is necessary for a working body of up to and including 5kg to obtain an operating license in category C. Above that it would require category D.
Even though the effort required to in fact obtain such a license through Austro Control in category C or D measures up to about the same, category C offers the deciding advantages of not having to register every flight with Austro Control as well as not incurring any fees. At this time not a single operating license in category D for aircrafts above 5kg exists in Austria.
Austro Control have begun to lead the way within the EU as far as the authorization of PAs is concerned and it is to be expected that most of its legal requirements will, as advised by the EASA (European Aviation Security Agency), be adopted by most other member states.
Subsequently we listed the primary components of an AirFrame AF6-800 in combination with our 3-axes gimbal CameraMount CM-M with a TOW of under 5kg.