Amsterdam Drone Week

Date: 12 December 2018
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Amsterdam Drone Week

12 December, 2018 - The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) held high level conference on drones during two days of invitation-only sessions, where aviation and industry stakeholders discuss the future of drone regulations and the drone industry in Europe.

The first drone regulations from EASA is likely to be published in the first or second quarter of 2019. The second package, which will include items like certification, will be published for comment in 2020 – and the UTM package after that. Some European and US industry stakeholders are of the opinion that regulations risk limiting innovation and adoption – while regulators are focused on safety.

The development of Commercial Aviation Regulations 20 years ago was based on deep understanding of manned aviation but the advent of drones means entirely new regulations need to be formed.

Christoph Raab, CEO of Drone Alliance Europe, emphasised that cooperation between countries is crucial. "One set of regulations is needed across Europe," he says, commenting that small businesses especially need the leverage of a larger market.

Discussions among aviation regulators around the world are focused on issues of safety, privacy, cyber security, public acceptance, and industry adoption are all complex and difficult topics. In Europe, those issues are being addressed with a view towards global cooperation and the growth of the drone market – good for European drone companies, and good for Europe.

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