On 11th June 2019, An update to European drone rules was published by EASA, the European Aviation Safety Agency, to ensure the future safety and security of drone operations across Europe. These new rules will help to protect the safety and the privacy of EU citizens whilst enabling the free circulation of drones and a level playing field within the European Union.
It’s important to remember that even if the UK leaves the EU, aviation rules will still apply across Europe, including the UK.
The rules will help drone operators, whether they are commercial or recreational, to have a clearer understanding of what is allowed and what isn’t.
The new regulations will also allow pilots to operate across European borders, by receiving an authorisation in the state of registration, they will be allowed to freely circulate within the European Union, allowing pilots to operate their drones freely when traveling across the EU or when developing a business involving drones around Europe.
There are new technical and operational requirements for drones and these will replace existing national rules in EU Member States. They will not only address safety but also drone related security risks. For instance, they define the capabilities a drone must have to be flown safely. New drones will have to be individually identifiable, allowing authorities to trace a drone if necessary.
The new rules will cover each operation, from types not requiring any authorisation to the more complicated systems involving certification or registration. There will also be rules to cover the minimum remote pilot training requirements.
EU Member States will be able to define ‘no fly zones’ where, through satellite geo-location, drones will not be allowed to enter. ‘No fly zones’ could include airports and airfields or city centres.
Although the new EU regulation has been released, it will only come into force a year from now, to give Member States and operators time to prepare and implement it.
From June 2020, operators of drones will need to register in the Member State where they have their residence or their main place of business.
The rollout will be gradual according to a timeline posted on the EASA drone page.
CUAVA will continue to monitor and to investigate the rules for drone use to give our candidates the best understanding possible for using their drones commercially.
The CUAVA team