Inside Unmanned Systems

JUN-JUL 2016

Inside Unmanned Systems provides actionable business intelligence to decision-makers and influencers operating within the global UAS community. Features include analysis of key technologies, policy/regulatory developments and new product design.

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54 unmanned systems inside   June/July 2016 AIR REGULATION W e previously reported that the EU was making good progress on its regulation of Remotely-Piloted Aerial Systems or RPAS (see Related Stories) and that, according to the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), which is formulating the techni- cal elements of the regulation, it might be ready for implementation by early 2017. But recent comments by officials close to the process give the distinct impression that things may be more complicated than we had at first imagined. Speaking this spring to unmanned aviation stakeholders in Brussels, Ron van de Leijgraaf of the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment, representing the Dutch EU Presi- dency, offered a concrete guess about a time- table—saying the EU RPAS regulation would probably only come into effect in 2018-2019. This differs from what we were told earlier this year by EASA spokesman Ilias Maragakis, who said it would likely arrive in early 2017, although he admitted EASA didn't know what the exact timing would be for action by the EU Council and Parliament, which must approve the legislation. "As it is, with all the hoops we have to jump through," said van de Leijgraaf, "we are al- ready pushing it. For now we need full po- litical approval—that means EU Council and Parliament negotiations. Once we have politi- cal approval then we can establish the rules." "EASA rules have to go through consulta- tion," van de Leijgraaf told AUVSI's Europe 2016 conference. "It doesn't happen overnight," Unfortunately, or fortunately, the explosion of the global drone industry has happened overnight, and strong, innovative European drone firms have been a part of that. Did Someone Say "Complicated?" Member of European Parliament (MEP) Jaqueline Foster also has attempted to explain the rather elaborate process involving her own Parliamentary Committee on Transport and Tourism, as well as other EP committees, e.g. the Committee on Civil Liberties, and the En- vironmental Committee, etc. Various rapporteurs from the various com- mittees, Foster explained, have been in close consultation with EASA for some time. Out- lines have been drawn up and opinion papers processed; there have been revisions and read- ings, and a lot of "back and forth" between the Parliamant and the European Council. "The European Commission also has its own agenda," she said, and she named the Joint Authorities for Rulemaking on Unmanned Systems (JARUS) as another key player, whose input needs to be taken into account. by Peter Gutierrez European offcials are pointing to the June meeting of the EU Transport, Telecommunications and Energy Council in Luxembourg as a key moment for the Union's Remotely-Piloted Aircraft System legislation, but some have already said they don't know when the highly anticipated rules package will actually come into effect, with estimates ranging as late as 2019. Photo courtesy of Ra Boe/Wikipedia, Lizenz: CC by-sa 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons, ( EUROPE HAS A LONGER ROAD TO RPAS REGULATION "MANUFACTURERS want certainty, but there isn't any." Member of European Parliament (MEP) Jaqueline Foster

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