Drone manufacturers: EU gains first drone rulebook, timely implementation necessary
13 May 2019 – Europe’s first drone rulebook has arrived. Drone Manufacturers Alliance Europe (DMAE), the organisation representing the majority of civilian drone manufacturers, is elated that today marks the end of the scrutiny period on the implementing rules for operational and technical requirements for drones. The EU’s drone technical rules are a major step toward the safe integration of drones into the airspace, while leaving room for the development of a promising technology.
DMAE wholeheartedly applauds and congratulates Commissioner Violeta Bulc, DG MOVE and DG GROW, EASA’s Patrick Ky and MEP Marian-Jean Marinescu for their persistence and support in getting these EU drone rules across the finish line.
“DMAE is appreciative that European regulators sought our industry expertise and took onboard our ideas and feedback. Their final rules reflect thoughtful input from drone pilots and drone-enabled businesses across Europe, who benefit from this exciting technology while keeping safety as their paramount goal. We are pleased that the final technical rules reflect our advocacy efforts and dialogue with regulators over the past three years,” said Paula Iwaniuk of DMAE.
Practically speaking this means:
- Mandating technical solutions and requirements that will increase aviation safety by helping to identify airborne drones, keeping unauthorised operations away from airports (i.e. geoawareness) and other no-fly zones, and establishing essential requirements to ensure drones are safe to use (i.e. remote identification).
- Facilitating a culture of compliance amongst drone operators by creating the first set of clear and coherent rules, backed by measures to educate operators and the general public about their obligations and responsibilities, including registration.
- Keeping the European skies open for innovation by creating an internal market for drones and drone operations/services while avoiding diverging and contradictory national requirements.
“Member States, industry and operators can finally take those written rules and transform them into a tangible European drone market that is based on safety, education and risk. The three operational risk categories bring much needed clarity, and give the public some peace of mind. It will also be exciting to see what innovation, what drone applications will leapfrog,” added Paula Iwaniuk.
Iwaniuk cautioned: “Rather than having 28 different regulations, we have one drone rulebook. Overcoming regulatory fragmentation in Europe is still the underlying goal. We ask Member States to refrain from getting things lost in translation or creating superficial delays.”
DMAE believes that this European Commission with its remaining mandate, and the next Commission in particular, should continue to drive the development of an ambitious framework for drones in modular approach that is based on evidence and real-life demand.
“Today’s milestone is just another step in the overall big picture for the drone market – the regulatory framework will need to continue to expand as more evidence and data is collected, as new market demands pop up. We turn our attention to implementation, where education will play a key role, but also on creating Standard Scenarios for medium-risk operations. And of course, the development of U-Space,” said Iwaniuk
Once translated, the texts will be published in the Official Journal of the European Union towards the end of May.
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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.