Drone manufacturers support Commission’s plan to bring safe drone benefits to Europe
16 October 2018 – Drone Manufacturers Alliance Europe (DMAE), the organisation representing the majority of civilian drone manufacturers, supports the European Commission’s latest draft implementing rules for operational and technical requirements for drones.
The Commission is seeking public consultation on those rules, which are built on the European Aviation Safety Agency’s (EASA) Basic Regulation. They create a harmonized framework for local and national authorities to identify and monitor airborne drones, clearing the way for businesses, governments, educators and others to safely use drones in their work.
“From the start, we have called on European regulators to develop reasonable implementing rules, and they have risen to that challenge. It’s been a long journey, but we are excited to see a good text taking shape. Commissioner Bulc, her team at DG MOVE and colleagues at DG GROW deserve a round of applause for balancing the interests of all stakeholders. At this point, I think everyone is sitting on the edge of their seats,” said Paula Iwaniuk of DMAE.
Specifically, DMAE recognises the positive developments on remote electronic identification, the tiered approach to noise level reduction, sensible transition periods and more EU-harmonisation. Once these rules are formally adopted, Europe will have common drone rules that will strengthen today’s visual-line-of-sight (VLOS) flights and pave the way for beyond-visual-line-of-sight (BVLOS) operations.
Iwaniuk added: “There are some areas that need to be addressed, so we will use the consultation to do just that. Our objectives are simple. First, to ensure that today’s drones and drone operators can fly tomorrow with minimal disruption. Second, to give Europe and Member States the full spectrum of benefits that come from drone technology, while protecting public safety.”
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Drone Manufacturers Alliance Europe (DMAE) accounts for almost 80% of the civilian drones operated in the world today. Together, Delair, DJI, GoPro, Parrot and Sensefly (Parrot Group), bring unrivalled experience in the innovation, design, production, operation and regulation of civilian drones. Our drones are operated for private, commercial and public uses. Committed to safety and security, DMAE cooperates with regulators and decision-makers at national, European and international levels in order to contribute to the policy debate and share our expertise.