Question asked by Iñaki Irazabalbeitia Fernández (Verts/ALE)
(14 November 2014)
Subject: Drones and flying security
The Commission is currently considering the preparation of a supportive and enabling policy framework for the civilian use of drones, also known as Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS).
Some experts fear that integrating drones (RPAS) into the airspace system could cause major security problems. In fact, securing the wireless connections of drones is currently a daunting challenge. For instance, a hijacker could exploit security weaknesses in radio transmissions in order to obtain control of the drone and operate it to do illegal, criminal or risky activities. Current drones lack the technological capabilities to avoid jamming or spoofing attempts.
1. Is there any deadline scheduled for the start of this process?
2. Are there any plans to open the European airspace system?
3. Is the Commission aware of the current security gaps relating to drones?
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