Author Archives: Peter van Blyenburgh

A National & Regional Drone Strategy Catalyser

civil-drone-councilA significant number of countries in the European Union (EU), as well as in countries outside the EU, currently do not have a structure uniting the principal entities [governmental (regulatory & non-regulatory) & industrial (including micro, small & medium-sized companies)] that are part of its national drone community. In most countries, the various stakeholder groups have no formal transversal communication between them and operate in isolation from each other. No national drone association has succeeded in creating a truly federated national approach.

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Laying the Basis for a Common Understanding of the Global Non-Military RPAS Market (Commercial & Non-Commercial)

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Rules & Regulations

With an ever-increasing number of States bringing out operational rules or regulations, the non-military remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS) market is growing substantially. This is very clearly the case in Europe, where the following 24 European Union (EU) countries now have an RPAS regulation in place, or where a regulation is about to be published: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Germany, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Sweden, UK. Continue reading

European Civil RPAS Operators’ Forum – Brussels December 6-7

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This is an international conference for the RPAS operators community focusing on the implementation of the European RPAS Roadmap, and on issues that are of particular importance to RPAS operators, e.g. national regulatory matters, insurance, privacy & data protection, civil RPAS operational matters, current & future applications [commercial, non-commercial (corporate, governmental non-military)], current bottlenecks, technical and performance requirements, aerial work customer requirements, novel operations, operational experience & lessons learned. Continue reading