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

Drones prompt ‘flood’ of complaints to police

Many airports have logged near misses between aircraft and drones

Police forces in the UK are being “flooded” with reports involving drones, an investigation has said.

Last year, more than 3,456 incidents involving drones were recorded, compared with only 1,237 in 2015, PA news agency reported.

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DJI Proposes Electronic Identification Framework For Small Drones

DJI Proposes Electronic Identification Framework For Small Drones

Remote Identifier Would Provide Accountability While Protecting Drone Operator Privacy

March 27, 2017 – DJI, the world’s leading maker of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), Monday proposed an electronic identification framework for UAS that would allow authorities in the United States to identify drone owners when necessary while also respecting their privacy. Continue reading

New regulation on drones planned in Germany

Andreas Fuchs

Introduction

The use of drones (or unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) if not used only for private purposes), whether for private or commercial use, is a rapidly developing trend.

The use of unmanned airspace causes potential risks to people and properties on the ground, especially in respect of public gatherings, critical infrastructure (eg, airports and industrial plants) and residential buildings. There have already been several critical incidents and risky collision situations with aircraft. As well as the accident risk, other legally critical aspects relating to privacy, security and the environment must be considered.

On January 18 2017 the government introduced a draft regulation to create sufficient regulations to deal with these risks by amending the existing fragmented provisions and establishing rules to liberalise the commercial use of drones.

Regulatory content

The draft regulation primarily differentiates between the weight of the drones:

  • for drones weighing from 0.25 kilograms (kg) up to 2kg, owners must identify their name and address with a badge on the aircraft;
  • for drones weighing more than 2kg, owners must also provide proof of their qualification to operate the aircraft; and
  • for drones weighing more than 5kg, a special permit by the responsible aviation authority is mandatory.

It is strictly forbidden for drones to be used over several protected zones, including crowds, industrial plants, military buildings, prisons, scenes of police or emergency operations, residential buildings, airports, federal roads, waterways, railways and nature reserves. Use is also prohibited in case of any other kind of endangerment or obstruction.

Drones are generally forbidden from operation at a height of over 100 metres, except in cases of individual express permission.

Federal Council approval

Originally, it had been planned to strictly prohibit the use of any kind of drone outside the range of sight. The Federal Council approved the draft regulation on the condition that this rule apply to the commercial use of UAS. It is therefore possible to operate fully automated UAS over longer distances.

It was also a pre-condition for necessary Federal Council approval that special exceptions be established regarding the use of drones for private use on special model airfields. Except for the condition to mark the drone with a badge showing the owner’s name and address, all the other requirements are not applicable to drones for sporting use and private activities.

Comment

Regarding the basic Federal Council approval, the new regulation on drones is likely to enter into effect soon.

In addition to the necessity of a general regulation in order to avoid critical situations in the future – particularly regarding uncontrolled private use – the new regulation would allow commercial users to utilise technology which is more flexible and less limited than in the past.

Future experiences will show whether the regulations require amendment following the rapid development of technical possibilities and use. It will also be interesting to see whether the responsible aviation authorities have the capacity to perform sufficient controls, particularly regarding the fast-growing market for private use.

For further information on this topic please contact Andreas Fuchs at Arnecke Sibeth Rechtsanwaelte by telephone (+49 69 97 98 85 0) or email (afuchs@arneckesibeth.com). The Arnecke Sibeth website can be accessed at www.arneckesibeth.com.

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‘Drone Territory’: B.C. First Nation hopes drone tourism will take flight

Klahoose Nation on Cortes Island to use drones to map out territory, promote tourism

Klahoose Nation on Cortes Island hopes to establish itself as a drone destination.

Klahoose Nation on Cortes Island hopes to establish itself as a drone destination. (Klahoose Coastal Adventures/YouTube)

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