Harmonisation for clear and enforceable rules at the EU level
Maintain the creation of the regulatory framework for all civil drones at the EU-level to ensure uniform rules and requirements, to create one uniform level of safety, across Member States.
Allow for manufacturers to communicate the operational rules to their operators, or to implement safety features in a harmonised way. It will also contribute to the creation of an EU-wide market for RPAS and instilling a culture of compliance amongst operators.
Exclude a parallel regulatory framework where rules and requirements are created at EU and national level as this will undermine harmonisation efforts and safety amongst operators.
Registration and education for the operator
An online compulsory registration platform for drone operators would help increase compliance and accountability. This online registration system would encourage compliance through a user-friendly process that registers the drone operator and assigns a unique number to the person, not the drone.
It would clearly state the applicable rules (safety and other) and ask the registrant to acknowledge them, also allowing for the immediate printing of the unique operator registration number for the drone marking, or an equivalent digital marking (e.g. serial numbers).
Most importantly, it is harmonised at EU-level to allow drone operators to fly in all Member States.
A risk-based approach
Drones come in a variety of sizes, weights and performance capabilities, which present challenges when regulating with a one-size-fits-all approach.
We support the approach taken by the Commission and EASA to differentiate applicable rules in three broad categories, in line with the risk associated with operations.
We fully support the introduction of an “Open Category” for low-risk operations and the Commission proposal to regulate certain lightweight drones only through market surveillance mechanisms.
A technology-neutral approach
Drone technology and drone safety features are developing at an incredible pace. We are in favour of the technology-neutral approach of the Commission proposal to lay down requirements in a manner which focuses on objectives to be achieved or performance-based standards, while allowing different means of achieving compliance and offering EASA the flexibility to swiftly adjust targets as technology evolves.