Requiring drones to identify and authorise themselves before they can fly, which could be achieved by fitting them with SIM cards, could help to protect people’s privacy by providing an effective way to register both users and machines, according to air traffic management expert Robin Garrity.
− Update – a revised version of the draft legislative text is now available.
The Council today 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. A provisional deal was concluded with the European Parliament on 29 November 2017.
Update: the document has been revised to include a statement by the Czech Republic
− Two documents on the adoption of the legislative act and statements by the Commission, Malta and Cyprus are now available.
−Outcome of the European Parliament’s first reading (Strasbourg, 11 to 14 June 2018)
Today, the European Parliament finally adopted a long-awaited reform of European aviation rules, through the mandate of the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA).
MEPs backed new EU-wide rules to ensure the safe use of drones and to update aviation safety rules.
After almost two years of negotiations, the European Parliament today will vote on a new European Aviation Safety Agency Basic Regulation (EASA Regulation). S&Ds insisted on the need to improve workers’ rights in the sector and also to establish clearer rules for the flying of drones.
On 12 June MEPs will vote on new aviation safety rules to provide clear and consistent laws for the use of drones in European airspace.
As air traffic is growing and new technologies such as unmanned aircraft are appearing in the skies, the European Union has decided to adapt its civil aviation rules. In December 2015, the European Commission presented a proposal for a regulation on civil aviation safety and the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), which would repeal the 2008 regulation on the same topic. Two years later, the European Parliament and the Council reached a provisional agreement on the new rules. The provisional agreement is scheduled to be voted by Parliament at first reading during the June plenary session.
The potential benefits of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) during emergencies are undeniable. But few emergency services organisations are using drones in their everyday operations. That’s why we are happy to invite you to the 1st edition of the “Drones & Public Safety Summit” on 20 September 2018 in Brussels, Belgium. Join the event specifically designed to debate and discuss the latest issues and trends in the sector.