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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57 unmanned systems inside June/July 2016 ENGINEERING. PRACTICE. POLICY. But could the rule-making process itself be killing Europe's forward momentum? So far, no one has suggested that wide and comprehensive consultations are not crucial or should not take place, but the EU is notori- ous for organizing 28 meetings where one (or perhaps three) might have sufficed. Up to now, the talk has been about how ad- vanced Europe's UAS industry is, compared to the United States and other global players. But suddenly, despite their best intentions, EU institutions, with their many-layered consulta- tion and negotiation processes, appear to be slowing things down. De Vos did say there was a "sense of urgency" about getting the RPAS regulation done, and he cited an important June milestone when the Dutch EU Presidency will report to the EU Transport, Telecommunications and En- ergy Council in Luxembourg (as of press time the 'Transport' session was set for June 7). The Presidency is expecting to have a more detailed proposal to present at that time, and that's part of what the EC and EASA have been working on for the past several months. In the run-up to the Council, he said, the Commission is producing a new 'vision pa- per', and there is also an 'EU Roadmap' in the works. All of this is expected to provide the Council with 'more to go on' in its delibera- tions with the Parliament, and some at least are looking to the event as an important step forward. Beyond that, however, no one seems to be able to say any more about the real 'when', when it comes to Europe's RPAS regulation. De Vos likened the process to an oil tanker: "Once it's moving," he said, "you cannot stop it, so it has to be done right." "WE ARE REVISING THE EASA REGULATION of last December. The timeframe is 'as fast as we can.' I don't think it's going to be that quick. It's very complicated— don't expect anything before autumn [2016]." Member of European Parliament (MEP) Jaqueline Foster SEPTEMBER 12-15, 2016 TORONTO, CANADA MARRIOTT DOWNTOWN EATON CENTRE YOU 'R E IN V I T ED APPL ANIX AIRBORNE USER GROUP MEETING AND CONFERENCE REGISTER ONLINE TODAY! UGM2016 Direct Georeferencing Workshop included 2 Days, over 10 sessions providing information on: GNSS and Inertial Sensors The Concepts of Photogrammetry Direct Georeferencing Applications in Airborne Mapping (Manned and Unmanned) Future Trends

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