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The European Union has published its rules on drones to help ensure drone operations across Europe are safe and secure.

They have been designed to, as well as other things, help to protect the safety and the privacy of EU citizens while enabling the free circulation of drones and a level playing field within the European Union.

Patrick Ky, executive director of EASA, commented: “Europe will be the first region in the world to have a comprehensive set of rules ensuring safe, secure and sustainable operations of drones both, for commercial and leisure activities. Common rules will help foster investment, innovation and growth in this promising sector.”

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The new rules include technical as well as operational requirements and define the new capabilities a drone must have to be flown safely.

For instance, new drones will have to be individually identifiable, allowing the authorities to trace a particular drone if necessary.

The rule makers say this will help to better prevent events similar to the ones which happened in 2018 at Gatwick and Heathrow airports.

Looking at it from an operational standpoint, the rules cover each operation type, from those not requiring prior authorisation, to those involving certified aircraft and operators, as well as minimum remote pilot training requirements.

The new rules will replace existing national rules in EU Member States.

While the EU regulation will enter into force in the next 20 days, it will be applicable only in one year, to give member states and operators time to prepare and implement it. 

As of June 2020 operators of drones will need to register in the member state where they have their residence or their main place of business.

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