Proposed European Drone Regulations Slides – Drone Industry Networking

I gave a presentation at the Civic Drone Centre’s fourth drone industry networking event about the EU’s proposed European drone regulations.

Anyone who works with drones professionally knows that the rules and regulations change regularly and that they differ from country to country. However, in the European Union, things might be different by next year.  The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) have a draft set of regulations out for consultation.

I presented on on these proposed regulations at the last Civic Drone Centre Drone Industry Networking evening. Both to inform and encourage people to comment on the draft rules.

The networking events are something I help organise for the Centre. They serve as a place for people working with unmanned aircraft a place to get together have a drink and a chat to catch up on the latest UAV news.

The Proposed European Drone Regulations

EASA have proposed some new regulations for drones (and it also covers model aircraft) under 25 kg.

If you are in the EU and work with drones (or fly model aircraft) you should give them a read to see how they might affect you. If you have any views I encourage you to comment. It will ensure your views are heard and hopefully change what you don’t like about them while there is time.

You can read the documents here. The consultation period is open until 12th August 2017.

EASA Milestones
Milestones of the EASA rulemaking process.

The objectives of proposed rules are:

  • to ensure an operation-centric, proportionate, risk- and performance-based regulatory framework for all UAS operations conducted in the open and specific category;

  • to ensure a high and uniform level of safety for UAS;

  • to foster the development of the UAS market; and

  • to contribute to enhancing privacy, data protection, and security.

The regulations cover set out what the mitigation of risks for the open and specific categories. There is also to be a certified category but it is not covered.

  • the open category through a combination of limitations, operational rules, requirements for the competence of the remote pilot, as well as technical requirements for the UAS; and

  • the specific category through a system including a risk assessment conducted by the operator before starting an operation, or the operator complying with a standard scenario, or the operator holding a certificate with privileges.

The Devil is in the Detail

The draft regulations consist of over 250 pages split into two parts. Part A contains an explanatory note and the proposed draft rules. Part B contains a full impact assessment. It may take some time to read and digest fully.

The rules are trying to harmonise the regulations across the EU so that drones can operate in across borders without having to gain permission from each country. This is also something the international drone community is looking to do.

Even if you are not in the EU. Like the UK when it leaves. These rules will also apply to you if you plan to do drone work there. In Article 10 it lays out how someone outside the EU can be compliant. There is even mention of accepting qualifications from outside the EU to prove you are a competent drone pilot.

Drone Industry Networking Presentation

This presentation covers the proposed regulations at a high level. I didn’t want to get bogged down in the details. It was a short presentation slot after all. I will have to read through it a few more times before I consider what my comments might be.