Drone users throughout Europe can expect common rules supporting safe operations of drones by the second quarter of 2019, according to proposals from the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA).
With a goal to establish European regulations to guarantee safety, pilots will have to take sufficient measures to minimise the risk of accidents.
EASA has also proposed that those using drones BVLOS will need to provide a risk assessment before receiving approval from authorities.
In addition, the unmanned aircraft expected to be used by general public will need to be fitted with a chip that prevents them from flying in prohibited areas and will be subject to a maximum altitude of 120 metres.
During Amsterdam Drone Week which concludes tomorrow, a declaration will be signed which includes priorities agreed by the European Commission, EASA, the European Member States and the participants of the conference on how to continue the work to enable this new aviation sector to flourish in the best and safest way possible.
EASA’s executive director, Patrick Ky, thinks it is crucial to establish these rules in order to move forward, he said: “We can compare it to the start of internet. Anyone can build a drone or develop an app and you can buy drones that offer astonishing technical performances for £445 (€500) or less.
“Things are moving swiftly in the professional field as well, with drones being used to inspect bridges and buildings, perform research and supply aid. The number of potential applications is huge, and we are only at the start of developments in this rapidly growing sector.”
He continued: “It’s a booming sector that offers many jobs and opportunities. Growth is a good thing, but we should maintain a certain degree of control and member states understand the urgency to do something about this.”
The proposed regulations are now awaiting assessment by the European Commission and Ky expects a decision to be made early in 2019.
The regulations will then be rolled out in the various member states next year or by 2020.