Airbus unites with EASA and CAAS to better define drone regulations

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Two European and Singaporean aviation regulators have teamed up with Airbus in a bid to strengthen drone restrictions in built-up areas.

The European Aviation Safety Agency has signed a collaboration agreement with the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) and Airbus to establish a “framework for the exchange of information and technical expertise.”

EASA adds that the partners will be “leveraging Airbus’s experience with the ongoing Skyways project.”

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Skyways is a partnership, signed in 2017, between Airbus Helicopters and Singaporean postal service SingPost to trial an unmanned aerial package delivery system in the city state.

CAAS director general, Kevin Shum, said: “This is timely as we seek to better define the operating conditions for the growing number of beneficial uses of [unmanned aircraft systems] in urban environments.”

EASA executive director Patrick Ky, added: “Unmanned aircraft systems used in urban environments will shape the future of public transport.”

Airbus vice-president of engineering, Jean-Brice Dumont, describes the collaboration as a: “positive move to shape up the safety regulations” as “urban air mobility [is turning] into a business reality for us.”

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