EP pushes for more safety in aviation and approves a formal regulation for drones

After 11 hours of non-stop negotiations, the trilogue on the revision of the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) was concluded, yesterday. The new proposal introduces risk and performance-based rules, closing some safety gaps and linking safety more closely with other domains such as security and the environment. It strengthens EASA’s role in coordinating intelligence information on flying over conflict zones. It also introduces essential requirements for drones as currently there was no regulation.

Safety first.

For air passengers, safety is the first priority. Recent missile launches by North Korea made clear that flying over certain conflict zones endangers aviation safety.

Matthijs van Miltenburg, D66/ALDE member of the TRAN Committee proposed mandatory information sharing between intelligence services from the Member States concerning risks arising from conflict zones. Fragmented intelligence information should be avoided. Therefore Van Miltenburg proposed a comprehensive EU risk assessment. The recommendations provided by EASA will prevent airlines from flying over conflict zones. These proposals are successfully reflected in the final agreement.

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AUTOMATED AIRSPACE AUTHORIZATION HAS BEGUN

Composite image made from FAA facility map screen shot and AOPA file photo.

TWO FIRMS APPROVED TO HANDLE REQUESTS

The FAA has begun issuing airspace authorizations for drone flights near airports through a new, automated system that allows such operations to be approved without human intervention provided they comply with predefined limits established by air traffic controllers. Two companies were chosen to handle the first airspace requests from drone pilots as the system began testing in October at a handful of airports.

A U.S. drone advisory group has been meeting in secret for months. It hasn’t gone well.


Brendan Schulman and members of Task Group 1 monitor drone altitudes in Reston, Va. on July 11, 2017.  Schulman, the group’s co-chair, told a reporter the gathering was confidential and being held on private property, before walking with others out of earshot. (Reza A. Marvashti/For The Washington Post) Continue reading

Feds get four drone complaints a week from pilots, airports across Canada

A Freefly Alta 6 drone is seen in this file image.

A Freefly Alta 6 drone is seen in this file image. GETTY IMAGES

It’s safe to assume that it was the last thing that the Toronto Island airport control tower wanted to have to cope with first thing in the morning on Canada Day.

The day before, June 30, had been the busiest day in the small airport’s history, with 13,000 passengers coming and going. Thousands more were expected on the holiday itself.

But there it was, and it had to be dealt with: a blue and white drone900 metres up, 12 kilometres away and very much in the way of all those planes. At 7:30, an air traffic controller picked up the phone and called the police.

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Camera drone falls on crowd during Erdogan speech, several injured

Camera drone falls on crowd during Erdogan speech, several injured (PHOTO,VIDEO)

Eleven people were injured after a drone fell onto a crowd attending Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s speech marking the one-year anniversary of the failed coup attempt that challenged his administration.
Erdogan stopped his speech following the crash, calling on paramedics to help people in the crowd before resuming his address, according to Turkish journalist Engin Bas, who was at the event.

 

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Drone Spotted Almost 1KM Up Near Halifax, NS, Canada

On Saturday, May 13, pilots reported a drone flying at more than 900 m, west of Halifax Stanfield airport. A drone can cause major damage to a plane. Don’t fly your drone higher than 90 m above the ground. New rules for recreational users: Canada.ca/drone-safety