If the opinion is adopted, virtually all medium-sized hobby professional and consumer drones will be within the new EU rules, effectively turning their pilots into criminals – unless they register their craft with regulators and pass regular mandatory competency and medical tests.
EASA has proposed its regulatory framework for drones to the EU Commission. That recommendation, known as EASA Opinion 01/18, could make its way into EU law by the Commission later this year.
- ‘open’ category, through a combination of limitations, operational rules, requirements for the competency of the remote pilot, as well as technical requirements for UAS, such that the UAS operator may conduct the operation without prior authorisation by the competent authority, or without submitting a declaration; and
- ‘specific’ category, through a system that includes a risk assessment being conducted by the UAS operator before starting an operation, or an operator complying with a standard scenario, or an operator holding a certificate with privileges.
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