EU unveils plans to regulate drones by 2019
The EU unveiled a blueprint to safely regulate drone traffic in Europe by 2019 in order to tap the growing commercial potential for unmanned aircraft technology.
The blueprint from the European Commission, the EU executive, covers allowing drones to operate in high density under the supervision of fleet operators.
“Drones mean innovation, new services for citizens, new business models and a huge potential for economic growth,” EU Transport Minister Violeta Bulc said. “We need the EU to be in the driving seat and have a safe drone services market up and running by 2019,” she said in a statement. “The EU needs to take a leading role worldwide in developing the right framework for this market to flourish, by unleashing the benefits for key economic sectors.”
The idea is to build a system similar to that of Air Traffic Management for manned aviation, that would supply information to allow drones to fly safely and avoid obstacles or collisions. The aim is to have the regulatory framework functioning by 2019, with basic services like registration and e-identification. The European Commission said it hopes negotiations involving the European Parliament and 28 member states will be completed by the end of the year as a key …read more