Regulation

EASA Proposes Small Drone Rules

By James T. McKenna | May 8, 2017

Photo courtesy of NATS

Photo courtesy of NATS

The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) is seeking public comment on a new proposed regulation covering operations of small drones in the European Union member states.

The agency said it plans to publish the proposed regulation May 12 and will accept comments through Aug. 12. Its purpose is to end "a fragmented regulatory system hampering the development of a single EU market" for unmanned aircraft systems and cross-border operations of such aircraft weighing less than 330 pounds (150 kilograms). Such aircraft currently are regulated by individual EU states.

EASA proposes to establish a regulation that is operation-centric, proportionate, risk- and performance-based for four classes of small drones. The draft notice of proposed amendment can be reviewed here.

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