EASA publishes proposed requirements for certification of sunshine drones – Drones Information
The European Union’s Aviation Safety Agency has published a proposal on airworthiness standards for the certification of the vast majority of light unmanned aerial vehicles. These standards will greatly contribute to the safe operation of drones for a variety of services, including: B. for parcel delivery in urban environments, for the inspection of railways and power lines or for the delivery of essential goods in crisis areas.
The proposed standards, which are now open for public consultation, are known as Special Condition Light UAS and apply to unmanned aircraft weighing less than 600 kg, which are operated in the specific or certified category according to Regulation (EU) 2019/947, which is applicable in Effective December 31, 2020. Most drones currently certified by EASA will adopt this certification basis.
“This proposal is part of EASA’s broader initiative to ensure that drones can operate safely and acceptably, particularly in areas where people and moving or static objects are crowded,” said Patrick Ky, EASA’s Executive Director.
“Since large parts of the economy are looking for ways to use drones to streamline their operations, it is important to have strict rules in place to ensure that there is no risk to people or property from using drones, and that the noise level is acceptable. It is our job to ensure that Europe’s citizens are safe with the increasing use of drones, ”he added.
The setting of certification standards for drones is associated with special challenges. Design concepts are very different, technologies are developing quickly and there is strong economic pressure to launch new products quickly.
EASA is committed to ensuring security and therefore takes a flexible approach by defining certification requirements that are objective and proportionate to the risk of the operation. This approach works well for such an innovative product segment.
Detailed means of compliance are dealt with in a second phase. However, due to the expected variety of products and operational concepts, a close connection to the projects remains and EASA will continue to evaluate proposals from applicants.
The publication of the proposal for the future certification basis is intended to stimulate new design and certification initiatives for drones and to contribute to the safe integration of BVLOS (Beyond Visible Line of Sight) operations in populated environments where the remote pilot may or may not see their drone .
The proposal can be commented on until September 30, 2020.
Further information: Proposed special status light UAS