New international commerce affiliation brings drones and air taxis to cities and rural communities – Drones Information
The Civic Air Transport Association (www.CIVATAglobal.org) is up and running today, helping rural and urban authorities assess, manage and deploy increasingly complex services for unmanned aerial systems (UAS) by creating a knowledge transfer community of governing bodies and the aviation industry creates.
“CIVATAglobal is the global trade association for the Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) and Urban Air Mobility (UAM) sectors,” says the association’s director general, Andrew Charlton, “which brings cities and industries together in a single global community.
CIVATAglobal has an ambitious work program so that from day one, members can present a common voice to regulators and policy makers, develop guides, organize events, and identify and disseminate best practices in areas such as community engagement and environmental protection.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has been a catalyst for the drone industry in many ways, highlighting the potential of drones to provide vital medical care and help redevelop public areas in an inexpensive and safe way,” says Charlton. “Cities and towns around the world have recognized the benefits these new technologies can offer. It is important that these experiences are built now, rather than dispersed, so that we can develop more complex drone deliveries and first responder operations while paving the way for future air taxi flights. “
The direct work program of the association consists of:
• Representing the industry to policy makers and regulators
• Develop new guides for expanding drone operations in cities and towns based on experience with COVID-19 missions and with public support
• Build a network of pioneering civic centers where sophisticated drone operations have been established and best practices developed. The association will invite interested representatives from cities around the world to see the drone operations in action for themselves. Visitors have the opportunity to meet all of the stakeholders involved in setting up drone services – drone operators, police and first responders, aviation authorities, local community groups, flight safety experts, drone operations customers (retailers / hospitals / laboratories) etc – um understand how drone operations are set up in their own cities.
• Start developing standards and best practices that local authorities must consider when establishing UAS operations in areas such as data protection and general data protection regulations, rogue drone detection, charging and powering, and aviation information derived from local authorities.
“There is an urgent need for local government and industry to work together, learn from each other and work with communities and regulators around the world to ensure that the industry develops in a safe, affordable and beneficial way with EU support to the communities it will serve”, says Charlton.
For more information on the benefits of joining CIVATAglobal, please email Colin Martin
[email protected] or Toby wall on [email protected]
Alternatively, visit www.civataglobal.org or call the membership office on +44 (0) 1293 851869