Drone Manufacturers Alliance Europe, the DMAE, has released a statement to welcome the European Commission’s draft Delegated Act on unmanned aircraft.
The draft has been intended for use in the ‘open category,’ and on third-country operators of unmanned aircraft systems to the Members of the European Parliament’s Transport and Tourism (TRAN) Committee.
Commenting on the move, Paula Iwaniuk from the DMAE, said: “Industry, operators, society – can no longer wait for EU drone rules. After the alleged incidents at Gatwick, Heathrow and Newark, it’s a wake-up call to all regulators.”
She continued: “The new rules will go a long way in identifying airborne drones, keeping unauthorised operations away from airports, and implementing measures to educate operators and users.”
The DMAE says it recognises the positive developments on remote electronic identification and geofencing and hopes such technological innovation will help separate good operators from rogue operators, as well as provide information about zones where operators can and cannot fly.
Iwaniuk added: “We started talking about EU drone rules in December 2015. Let’s make 2019 the year where we can collectively achieve this. Let’s give operators, manufacturers and the broader industry, law enforcement and the public the right tools. Let’s not compromise on safety. Yesterday’s hearing was important, and I’m encouraged by the willingness of all sides to resolve any outstanding questions.”
She concluded: “We appreciate that more work needs to be done to cover the heavier and higher risk drone segments. But any delay now – especially if based on merely formalistic concerns – would only prolong the current regulatory vacuum in the consumer drone segment and that’s not acceptable.”