Inside Unmanned Systems

DEC 2017 - JAN 2018

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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60 unmanned systems inside   December 2017/January 2018 O perating unmanned aircraf t systems (UAS) in the European Union (EU) can be a complex endeavour, especially for companies wishing to offer services in different countries. Within the EU, the Union, the competence (legal authority or ability) of the 28 Member States to regulate UAS with a maximum take- off mass (MTOM) up to 150 kg led to a fragmented regulatory environ- ment. As of now at least 19 Member States have developed legislation on UAS or are in the process of doing so, while other Member States still lack specific rules governing the opera- tion of drones. An analysis of the different regula- tory profiles across the EU shows a fragmentation in terms of categori- zation of the UAS, operational limi- tations and the required competenc- es to operate the drone. Although some of the Member States regula- tions share common denominators i.e., in terms of safety issues, the cur- rent hodgepodge of regulations ham- pers the development of a UAS single market in Europe. Legislation Needed The need for a harmonized regula- tory framework becomes evident when looking at the vast market de- velopment for small UAS. According to the Single European Sky ATM Research (SESAR) Outlook Study on European drones, approximate- ly seven million consumer leisure drones are expected to be operated by 2050 and around 400,000 drones for commercial and governmental purposes. Even though a study esti- mating the drone market growth for the next 30 years may leave room for inaccuracy, the enormous potential of the drone market is quite evident. A single market would not only im- prove cross-border operations, but also support the EU aviation strategy by embracing a new era of innovation and digital technologies and help to maintain the high EU safety and se- curity standards. Regarding the fast growing industry, legislative mea- sures are desperately needed. Given the pace of global develop- ment in drones, especially as the U.S. and China are already the leaders in different forms of production and UAS Legislation by Oliver Heinrich European Union Working to Harmonize UAS Regulations

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