EMSA’s service of Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems is being used by the Spanish maritime safety agency SASEMAR in the southern province of Huelva for the purpose of identifying and monitoring oil spills as well as for additional assistance during search and rescue missions. SASEMAR is using this opportunity to see first-hand how RPAS can be of value to multipurpose maritime surveillance operations.
Agenda items on the 21 January include discontinuing seasonal changes of time, a presentation by the Commission on the draft Delegated Act on specifications for Cooperative Intelligent Transport Systems, a presentation by the Commission on the Delegated act on drones for use in the open category. On the 22 January, there will be votes on time limit for the implementation of the special rules regarding maximum length in case of cabs delivering improved aerodynamic performance, Common rules for access to the international market for coach and bus services and the Treaty establishing the Transport Community. An exchange of views with Romanian Interim-Minister of Transport, Mrs. Rovana Plumb, on Romanian Presidency priorities will also take place.
Today the European Commission, European and national authorities together with the industry adopted the Amsterdam declaration to advance safe, secure and green drone operations in Europe. The declaration stresses that Europe should come up with concrete smart mobility solutions that integrate aviation in wider transport policy. These solutions should also support automated drone operations over longer distances. The Commission and the European Union Aviation Safety Agency reiterated their readiness to help Member States to implement the drone regulation.
Today, RPAS operations are usually limited to segregated airspace or visual line of sight conditions, and operators and manufacturers rarely integrate certified avionics on-board. However, for RPAS to operate autonomously with other airspace users in a shared airspace volume, certified avionic equipment will probably be needed. This represents a great opportunity for GNSS augmented services, like EGNOS.
A summary of the Committee’s consideration of the draft report is now available.
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.