EASA publishes revised easy access rules for the basic regulation 2018/1139

The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has published a revision of the Regulation (EU) 2018/1139 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 4 July 2018 on common rules in the field of civil aviation and establishing a European Union Aviation Safety Agency.

In 2018, the Council and the Parliament adopted a new Regulation establishing a risk-based and operations-centric approach to legislate in the field of aviation safety, and extending EU competence to all drones, irrespective of weight and size (Regulation 2018/1139). This ensured compliance with the 2015 Aviation Strategy for Europe which called for the development of a basic legal framework for safe drone operations in the EU, as well as the development of detailed rules and industry standards. The 2016 Warsaw Conference on Drones further called for urgent action on the airspace dimension, in particular the development of the concept of a U-space, a set of digital services enabling the safe scaling up of routine drone operations.

The January 2023 revision includes the Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2021/1087 of 7 April 2021 amending Regulation (EU) 2018/1139, as regards updating the references to the provisions of the Chicago Convention.

The Easy Access Rules for the Basic Regulation (Regulation (EU) 2018/1139) are available for free download on the EASA website. As these Easy Access Rules have been generated through the eRules platform, they will be updated regularly to incorporate further changes and evolutions to their content.

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