Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), and more specifically Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS), are increasingly becoming a part of our day to day lives. The vast range of possible uses is creating a new industry with a large economic potential.
Court appointed insolvency experts (Joint Administrators) have recently been installed to manage the corporate affairs of European UAV Systems Centre Limited, UK (EuroUSC). Although EuroUSC has effectively stopped trading the company still owns the following intellectual property: Continue reading
This week, two additional national drone associations joined UVS International as partner organisations, namely:
- SBSL, Poland
- UAVA, Czech Republic Continue reading
Subsequent to his presentation at the RPAS CivOps 2016 conference, Keith Cressman, Food & Agriculture Organization (FOA) of the United Nations, has requested me to inform the international RPAS community of the current FAO Request for Information (RFI).
A 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.
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
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
Plans to update EU civil aviation safety rules to address emerging risks were amended and approved by Transport and Tourism Committee MEPs on Thursday. The updated EU regulation will also introduce the EU-level requirements for drones, to ensure safety and privacy. Continue reading