EASA Takes On Drones, Expands FAA Cooperation

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The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has announced it will expand its mandate to include authority over drones and urban air mobility vehicles, and will develop flight rules for these types of aircraft. EASA also plans to expand its role in areas such as environmental protection, research and development, international cooperation and cybersecurity. “This new mandate consolidates EASA’s scope to cover the full spectrum of the aviation landscape,” the agency said. “[The mandate] reinforces the European aviation system as a whole, with the possibility for EASA and European Member States to work closer together in a flexible way.”

The new regulations will be published by the end of this month, according to EASA. “In a sector facing unprecedented technological transformation, it was important to provide EASA with the proper tools and legal foundation to support the development of the aviation industry, in particular in domains like drones and digitization,” said Patrick Ky, executive director of EASA. “At the same time, we need to preserve the EU's societal aspirations for a safer and environmentally friendly world.” Also, EASA and the FAA issued a joint statement last month saying they will seek to further streamline certification systems, to make it easier for U.S. manufacturers to sell their products in Europe.

Comments (3)

"... in a flexible way." Here comes the judge!

Posted by: Rafael Sierra | July 4, 2018 2:43 AM    Report this comment

I get a little nervous whenever I hear a government agency talking about consolidating its power.

With regard to the FAA looking to streamline certification to make it easier for U.S. manufacturers to sell products in Europe: How about streamlining certification to make it easier for them to sell their products here at home!

Posted by: John McNamee | July 4, 2018 10:41 AM    Report this comment

I get a little nervous whenever I see 8 very high rpm sharp blades whirling anywhere near my unprotected body. These things can be very dangerous when operated in the general public.

Posted by: Mark Fraser | July 5, 2018 8:07 PM    Report this comment

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