Safety topped the agenda at the FAI International Drones Conference and Expo in Lausanne this weekend.
A busy Saturday morning session focused on drone safety as the conference heard from eight speakers in the industry.
The speakers honed in on the issues around organising airspace to ensure safe operation of drones whenever they fly.
Yves Morier from the European Aviation Safety Agency took the floor first and explained the work involved in developing airspace for drones across Europe.
He said: “U-Space will be a reality by 2019 with a step-by-step regulatory approach.”
Florent Béron from Switzerland’s SkyGuide reinforced that message, he said: “The challenge is welcoming drones into this sky safely and efficiently. The technology to do that is already there the focus is on developing standards and a legal framework to open up the airspace to drones.”
As the morning went on, several speakers set out technical answers to tracking and monitoring drones in air space, and examined potential solutions to avoiding collisions and staying safe.
The morning session finished with a presentation from Jonathan Evans from Skyward.
The former military helicopter pilot put the development of drones in context, describing how drones could be the next big revolution that connects people following boats, railways, cars and aviation.
He said: “We are at the stage of starting to build the intersections in the sky. We have not solved it yet, but we are working on it.”