EU adopts revised aviation safety regulation and rules for civil drones

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By victoria@aviationnews-online.com June 28, 2018 11:23

EU adopts revised aviation safety regulation and rules for civil drones

The European Council has adopted updated aviation safety rules, which include a revised mandate for the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and the first ever EU-wide rules for civil drones of all sizes.

The reform introduces proportionate and risk-based rules designed to enable the EU aviation sector to grow, make it more competitive and encourage innovation, according to the EU body. A provisional deal was concluded with the European Parliament on 29 November 2017.

“These rules will ensure that flying remains safe even when our skies become increasingly busy,” said Ivaylo Moskovski, Bulgarian Minister for Transport, Information Technology and Communications.

The rules on drones lay down the basic principles to ensure safety, security, privacy, data protection and environmental protection. The text establishes the registration threshold for drone operators: operators must be registered if their drones are capable of transferring more than 80 Joules of kinetic energy upon impact with a person. The other detailed rules on drones will be set by the Commission with help from EASA, on the basis of the principles outlined in this regulation.

The Council vote concludes the legislative procedure at first reading. The European Parliament voted on 12 June 2018. The regulation will be signed by both institutions and published in the EU Official Journal, probably by the end of July. It will enter into force 20 days after publication.

The European Regional Airlines Associations (ERA) has welcomed the updated rules.

“We commend the first ever EU-wide rules to integrate civil drones into European airspace in a safe manner,” comments ERA’s Director General Montserrat Barriga. “In the past, many EU member states employed different rules over the use of drones and as such, there was a lack of harmonious approach with regards to safety. As the skies in Europe become busier, we understand that these new rules are necessary to ensure a safer airspace.”

victoria@aviationnews-online.com
By victoria@aviationnews-online.com June 28, 2018 11:23