EASA annual safety review finds decline in drone collisions and near collisions

Drone collisions and near collisions have declined between 2018 and 2022 according to the latest Annual Safety Review published by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). “Since 2018 the number of accidents and serious incidents involving drones decreased, and in 2021 one of such occurrences was recorded,” says the report on page 153, and shared by Drone Industry Insights.

The potential for an airborne collision between an unmanned aircraft system (UAS) and other aircraft is an area of growing safety concern, due to the increasing accessibility of UAS, according to the report.

“In 2019, the Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2019/947 setting out the rules and procedures for the operation of unmanned aircraft was published. It is important to note that UAS-related reports are mainly provided by the CAT aeroplanes and ATM/ANS domains. As soon as reports from UAS operators become more common and accurate information on unauthorised UAS flying in the environment becomes available, the issues for the ATM/ANS domain, relating to this type of aircraft will become more apparent.

“The occurrence rate is calculated by taking the number of IFR flights in the MS area and the number of UAS occurrence into account. An UAS occurrence refers to accidents and serious incidents where at least one UAS was involved, and the event resulted in an airborne collision or near airborne collision with an UAS. The decrease in the number of IFR flights is reflected in the increase in the occurrence rate in 2020. In 2021, one of drone collisions and near collisions was recorded”.

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