International airports are collectively calling for an EU-wide strategy to regulate the use of unmanned aerial vehicles.
The EU Aviation Strategy, which has been a major driver of the development of new regulation on the use of drones, was first announced in December 2015.
With the political agreement on the new EASA Regulation and the endorsement of the Helsinki Declaration by the aviation community late last year, the prospects for the EU’s rulebook on the use of drones have gathered further momentum.
This morning ACI Europe, a European industry trade association which advances the collective interests of Europe’s airports and promotes professional excellence in airport management and operations, said it is calling for the “swift” adoption of safety and traffic management rules at EU level on the use of drones.
Airports also underline the importance of drone registration, performance-based rules, and a modern approach to integrating drones at airports – one that relies on expedited approvals via “standard scenarios” and safety management systems.
Olivier Jankovec, director general ACI Europe, commented: “The airport industry is embracing innovation and we are excited about the potential opportunities that drone technology presents, in particular in relation to infrastructure maintenance and operational efficiency, passenger facilitation and more.
“That said, the safety issues concerning the use of drones in and around airports are increasingly well-documented – underlining the urgent need for an effective regulatory framework on this.”
The regulatory material that will be necessary for the next steps of drone integration includes the safety rules developed at EASA, as well as the USpace traffic management framework.