EU: Pilots, airlines and others call for rules to keep domestic drones under control


"As drones continue to take the world by a storm, key stakeholders are warning that the safety risks of drone operations may be seriously underestimated and deserve urgent attention. A Joint Statement, signed by the entire spectrum of manned aviation stakeholders – from pilots to airlines, helicopter operators to air traffic controllers – calls for “a robust harmonized EU-wide regulatory safety framework”. ECA, IATA, EHA, ACI EUROPE, ERAA, IACA, A4E, IFALPA, IFATCA and CANSO jointly ask for a number of measures to be taken, including mandatory drone registration, operator/drone pilot training & licensing, built-in performance limitations and robust oversight by the national aviation authority."

See: Drones must be safe – says aviation industry (European Cockpit Association, link)

And: Joint call to safely integrate Drones / UAS into Europe’s Airspace (pdf)

The rise of domestic drones has propelled the development of a new interest in ways to counter those seen as being used irresponsibly or maliciously. See, for example, a major conference: Countering Drones (link) to be held in London in December 2016.

For more background on the development of a European drone market and industry see our February 2014 report, Eurodrones, Inc.:

"Eurodrones, Inc. tells the story of how European citizens are unknowingly subsidising through their taxes a controversial drone industry yet are systematically excluded from any debates about their use. Behind empty promises of consultation, EU officials have turned over much of drone policy development to the European defence and security corporations which seek to profit from it.

The current trajectory points in the direction of an increasingly militarised and repressive use of drones that will have far-reaching implications for the privacy and human rights for citizens of Europe and beyond."

 

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