30 March 2011. ESPI Report 31, entitled “Opening Airspace for UAS. A Regulatory Framework to Introduce Unmanned Aircraft Systems into Civilian Airspace” seeks to contribute to the ongoing work for the creation of a European regulatory framework to support the industrial base related to UAS.  

Following the workshop of the same title that took place in ESPI on 4 November 2010 (related webnews here) ESPI has just published a Report gathering the contributions of speakers of the workshop. The Report has been produced at the initiative of Alfredo Roma, member of the ESPI Advisory Council, and aims at constituting informed and substantial input to the ongoing EU discussions on creating an adequate regulatory framework to facilitate the flight of these vehicles in the civilian airspace.

Unmanned Aircraft Systems incorporate an important amount of advanced technologies where satellite communications and satellite navigation play an essential role. In addition, UAS can benefit a wide range of policy and economic activities and offer important market opportunities for the European aerospace industry. For their endurance in harsh environmental conditions they are specially suited for operations of difficult access to human beings. Border surveillance and emergency relieve are two of the main areas where the UAS market could develop and bring benefits. However, the leap from exclusively military use to civilian use is still to happen in Europe.

The key factor to facilitate that leap is the creation of an appropriate regulatory framework that will allow UAS fly safely in civilian airspace displaying a whole range of measures on certification and airworthiness as well as the appropriate liability schemes that accord to European and international regulation on aviation. The EU has launched the process to adopt such regulatory framework. With the goal to contribute to that process, this study collects the papers from renowned experts on aviation law and regulations in Europe. Prof. Pablo Mendes Leon (University of Leiden), Prof. Masutti (University of Bologna), Stefan Kaiser (Legal Officer of NATO’s AWACS Operations), Fillipo Tomassello (EASA) and Roderick Van Dam (Legal Services Eurocontrol) have contributed with their expertise to this Report, which had ESPI Associate Fellow Matxalen Sánchez Aranzamendi as managing editor.


Speakers and moderators at the workshop (from left): Stefan A. Kaiser (Legal Officer of NATO's AWACS Operations), Matxalen Sánchez Aranzamendi (Resident Fellow at ESPI), Gen. Carlo Magrassi (EDA), Roderick D. van Dam (Legal Services Eurocontrol), Filippo Tomasello (EASA), Alfredo Roma (Chairman of the ESPI Advisory Council), Pablo Mendes de Leon (University of Leiden), Anna Masutti (University of Bologna), Pablo Gonzáles (INDRA), Kai-Uwe Schrogl (Director of ESPI) and Amnon Ginati (ESA)  



- ESPI Report 31: "Opening Airspace for UAS. A Regulatory Framework to Introduce Unmanned Aircraft Systems into Civilian Airspace"


Related Webnews:
- 4 November 2010: ESPI hosts workshop on integration of Unmanned Aircraft Systems in the airspace


photo credit: ESPI




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