Briefing: Civil and military drones: Navigating a disruptive and dynamic technological ecosystem

Often labelled as one of today’s main disruptive technologies, drones have indeed earned this label by prompting a fundamental rethinking of business models, existing laws, safety and security standards, the future of transport, and modern warfare. The European Union (EU) recognises the opportunities that drones offer and sees them as opening a new chapter in the history of aerospace. The EU aviation strategy provides guidance for exploring new and emerging technologies, and encourages the integration of drones into business and society so as to maintain a competitive EU aviation industry.

Agenda: Expert Group on Land Transport Security (main group) (15 October 2019)

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Press Release: Good progress on U-space concept of operations and key enablers, concludes conference

The two-day U-space ConOps and Research Dissemination Conference concluded with consensus that SESAR Joint Undertaking U-space exploratory research and demonstration projects are on track to deliver, already providing useful lessons learned on how to make the safe and secure drone traffic integration a reality.

Press Release: SAFIR demos viable drone traffic in Port of Antwerp

On 26 September, the SESAR JU U-space SAFIR consortium held an Open Day hosted by the Port of Antwerp. A multitude of industrial and commercial drone applications were on display during live demonstrations. During the Open Day, the safety and economic viability of integrated drone traffic in a challenging environment was successfully demonstrated by the various use cases of the consortium partners.

Press Release: First public demonstration of drone integration in Spanish airspace

The U-space/SESAR DOMUS Project consortium, led by ENAIRE, conducted a public demonstration on 17 September, which doubled as a testing laboratory, to ensure that unmanned aircraft can coexist in a safe, orderly and efficient manner with the other ‘actors’ that use the airspace, such as commercial and general aviation.

OPP Meeting Summary: EP TRAN Committee – Exchange of views with Patrick KY, Executive Director of the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) (3 September 2019)

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Agenda: Informal Expert Group on Drones (29 April 2019)

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Event: Conference “Micro-mobility: the next big thing?” (Ljubljana, Slovenia, 13 – 14 October 2019)

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Press Release: EMSA RPAS drone service to boost maritime surveillance in Croatia

EMSA’s service of Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) is now being used by the Croatian authorities to assist them in a range of coast guard related functions including vessel traffic monitoring, search and rescue, and detection and monitoring of marine pollution. The request made in February 2019 by Croatia’s Ministry of the Sea, Transport and Infrastructure sees a vertical take-off and landing RPAS added to their existing surveillance mechanisms for an initial period of three months.

UPDATED – Preparation of the 40th ICAO Assembly (Montreal, 26 September – 4 October 2019): First batch of European working papers

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Press Release: EU wide rules on drones published

On 11 June 2019 common European rules on drones, Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2019/945 & Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2019/947, have been published to ensure drone operations across Europe are safe and secure. The rules will amongst others help to protect the safety and the privacy of EU citizens while enabling the free circulation of drones and a level playing field within the European Union.

Official Journal (L Series): Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2019/947 of 24 May 2019 on the rules and procedures for the operation of unmanned aircraft

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Official Journal (L Series): Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2019/945 of 12 March 2019 on unmanned aircraft systems and on third-country operators of unmanned aircraft systems

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Press Release: EIT Digital supported Drone UAV-Retina helps with Emergency Management

Autonomous UAV-Retina drones can be instrumental in helping firefighters face emergency situations.

There’s no shortage of products fit for this purpose; most of them, however, focus either on the hardware part (the UAV), or on the software used to collect the data from the ground, and they usually contemplate the presence of a pilot fully dedicated to guiding the drones.

UPDATED – Agenda: Agriculture and Fisheries Council (15 April 2019)

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Updated – Agenda: Coreper 2 Meeting (11 April 2019)

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Press Release: RPAS maritime surveillance services now underway in Iceland

A medium altitude long endurance RPAS drone is being used by the Icelandic maritime authorities to enhance the maritime picture over its Exclusive Economic Zone, the service follows a request made by the Icelandic coast guard to EMSA and is expected to run until mid-July. The RPAS chosen will be integrated into the existing surveillance mechanisms and procedures covering coast guard functions in the areas of maritime safety and security, search and rescue, environmental protection, law enforcement and fisheries control.

Written Answer to Question: Drones

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UPDATED – Comitology Meeting: Telecommunications Conformity Assessment and Market Surveillance Committee (TCAM) (31 May 2018)

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Press Release: RPAS drones now monitoring ship emissions in Danish waters

EMSA’s service of Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) is now being used by the Danish authorities to monitor ship emissions around the area of the Great Belt where many large tankers transit on their way to and from the Baltic Sea. The RPAS will specifically measure the ships’ sulphur emissions to check compliance with EU rules governing the sulphur content of marine fuel.

Expert Group on liability and new technologies (main group) (13 & 14 March 2019)

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