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Facilitating access to regulation for light Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS)

Call for Proposals COS-RPAS-2014-2-03 for the development of a web portal, awareness raising and training tools aiming to facilitate access to relevant regulations, requirements and procedures for SMEs and entrepreneurs operating or wishing to operate RPAS.

Deadline: 18 February 2014

European Commission Communication

The European Commission adopted on 8 April 2014 the Communication "A new era for aviation – Opening the aviation market to the civil use of RPAS in a safe and sustainable manner български (bg) czech (cs) dansk (da) Deutsch (de) eesti (et) ελληνικά (el) español (es) Français (fr) Gaeilge (ga) hrvatski (hr) italiano (it) latviešu (lv) lietuvių (lt) magyar (hu) Malti (mt) Nederlands (nl) polski (pl) português (pt) română (ro) slovenčina (sk) slovenščina (sl) suomi (fi) svenska (sv) "

This Communication sets out the Commission's views on how to address civil drones, or remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS), operations in a European level policy framework which will enable the progressive development of the commercial drones market while safeguarding the public interest. Understanding the direction for future regulatory developments is important for the European industry when it comes to making decisions on further investments.

Press memo

Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS)

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The development of drones (RPAS or Unmanned Aircraft Systems) started in the 50's and matured rapidly in recent years in the military context. Drones are now entering the civil market, opening a promising new chapter in the history of aviation.

Civil drones present a huge potential for developing innovative applications in wide variety of sectors to the benefit of European society, creating jobs and achieving useful tasks.

As civil aviation is evolving itself towards more automation, drones' technologies will also be crucial for the competitiveness of the European aeronautics industry as a whole.

European Commission Strategy

The European Commission has developed a strategy to support the progressive development of the civil drones market in Europe while addressing potentially related concerns like safety, security, privacy, liability or public acceptance.

This strategy is presented in the Communication the European Commission adopted on 8 April 2014 " A new era for aviation – Opening the aviation market to the civil use of RPAS in a safe and sustainable manner български (bg) czech (cs) dansk (da) Deutsch (de) eesti (et) ελληνικά (el) español (es) Français (fr) Gaeilge (ga) hrvatski (hr) italiano (it) latviešu (lv) lietuvių (lt) magyar (hu) Malti (mt) Nederlands (nl) polski (pl) português (pt) română (ro) slovenčina (sk) slovenščina (sl) suomi (fi) svenska (sv) "

The strategy focusses on Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS), a sub-set of Unmanned Aircraft Systems which excludes fully autonomous systems. It includes:

  • the safe and secure integration of RPAS into the European aviation system from 2016 onwards through the development of:
    • a common safety regulatory framework proportionate to risks for drones of all classes in order to enable the creation of a single European market for civil drones applications;
    • the necessary enabling technologies (sense & avoid, comment & control communication link etc.) within SESAR JU in close coordination with other initiatives;
  • measures to ensure the protection of citizens (privacy, insurance, etc.);
  • measures to support market development and European industries.

On 26 November 2014 the European Data Protection Supervisor published his opinion [360 KB] on the above RPAS communication.

The strategy has been established on the basis of:

 

Measures

Project for facilitating access to regulation for light RPAS

Launching a web portal to raise awareness and bring together information on regulatory regimes of EU Member States in the areas of safety, insurance, privacy, etc. that are ruling civil RPAS operations in Europe. A one-stop shop intended for SMEs wishing to expand their business in another Member State.

Call for proposal: Facilitating access to regulation for light Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) (http://ec.europa.eu/easme/en/cos-rpas-2014-2-03-facilitating-access-regulation-light-remotely-piloted-aircraft-systems-rpas )

Public consultation

In 2014 the European Commission launched an online consultation to identify the gains brought by the use of RPAS and the concerns that would need to be addressed by EU public intervention. The results were fed into the impact assessment supporting an initiative to regulate appropriately the development and use of RPAS within the context of the single aviation market.

Study on the Third-Party Liability and Insurance Requirements of RPAS

Despite of the efforts undertaken to ensure safety of RPAS operations, accidents may happen and victims need to be adequately compensated for any injury or damage caused by the operation of an RPAS. The study investigates the efficiency of the existing regulatory framework and makes recommendations for possible improvements.

Study on data protection and ethical risks in civil RPAS operations

The study analyses in details the potential privacy, data protection and ethical risks related to civil RPAS applications and make recommendations to mitigate them.

 

UAS Database

To facilitate the gathering and the consolidation of existing information and increase the transparency of on-going activities, the Commission has set-up a public database on UAS accessible through the CIRCABC interest group on UAS. (To access the documents uploaded to this group, please click on "Library" on the left-hand menu. No login or registration is required). Stakeholders are invited to contribute building-up the database. Any relevant public information can be sent to entr-uas@ec.europa.eu.

For further questions, please contact: entr-uas@ec.europa.eu.

Key Documents

 

 

 

Other documents

 

  • Study analysing the current activities in the field of UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles), commissioned by the European Commission in 2007

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