European Drone Regulations Are About To Get Smarter And More Permissive

If European regulators have their way, drone operations in the European Union (EU) are going to become very permissive, far outpacing American regulations.   The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), the EU’s authority for aviation safety, has released a regulatory framework that calls for new regulations to be proposed by December of this year.

In their proposed framework, the EASA has specifically focused on innovation, saying that regulations must “not simply [transpose] the system put in place for manned aviation” but rather must create “one that is proportionate, progressive, risk based and…[expresses] objectives that will be complemented by industry standards.”

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Comment by Rob_Lefebvre on March 24, 2015 at 6:32am

I'm hoping that this is just an indication of how things are going to go, and that Canada and the US will quickly follow suit.  I think politicians and other officials are starting to recognize that this is a HUGE industry with many, many jobs to be created.  And nobody wants to be a technological backwater.  We're not asking for just wide open skies, but regulations which indicate the regulators have actually considered risk/reward tradeoffs, and aren't just responding to irrational wider public fears.

Comment by John Dennings on March 24, 2015 at 9:45am

"Regulations must “not  simply [transpose] the system put in place for manned aviation ...”


As a French national who moved to the US because of its friendliness to innovation and entrepreneurship, I have a hard time believing that it's now the opposite across the Atlantic when it comes to drones ... Let's hope congress and the FAA wake up ...

Comment by John Dennings on March 24, 2015 at 11:11am


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