The European aviation safety regulator has launched a consultation into plans that would certify passenger and cargo drone flights.
The reforms could clear the way for the operation of vertical-take-off and landing aircraft that carry five passengers and weigh no more than two tonnes when fully loaded.
A report from The Times described how the move from the European Safety Aviation Agency (EASA) had marked a significant step in the development of drone technology.
The new regulations could apply to aircraft with a pilot on board or those that are remotely piloted from the ground.
The report went on to detail how last month a Bristol-based start-up had successfully tested a passenger carrying aircraft at Cotswold Airport in Gloucestershire, the first trial of its kind in Britain.
However, Brexit will of course play a part and the new rules could be transferred to the CAA in the UK following the nation’s departure from the European Union.
In recent months, the UK drone industry has predicted that ‘flying taxis’ could be in operation soon.
The Government paved the way for passenger carrying drones in a plan put forward by the Department for Transport.
Additionally, managing director of London-based start-up Skyports suggested, in an exclusive interview with Commercial Drone Professional, that passenger drones could be here sooner than we think.
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