Italian Air Force shares knowledge with EASA on remotely piloted aircraft systems in BVLOS mode

The Italian Air Force delivered a familiarisation seminar on operations using Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS), in particular those conducted in Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) mode, for the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) in mid-September 2021. The event was coordinated by the Center of Excellence for Remotely Piloted Aircraft (CdE APR) in close synergy with the 28th Flight Group of the 32nd Wing of Amendola which boasts fifteen years of experience in the use of long range RPAS.

EASA is researching tools and issuing regulations to pursue safe operations in the European skies, including those with civilian RPAS. The agency approached the Italian Air Force to deepen its skills in this field.

The seminar encompassed principles of unmanned operations, planning criteria of the related missions, differences with the manned procedures, air traffic management with military UAVs, and relevance of the meteorological phenomena and the consequent operational limitations, together with the related aspects of flight safety.

EASA personnel also took part in demonstrations with the APR CdE simulators and accompanied the crews of the28th Flying Group in flying activity with the Predator A + weapon system. All educational and demonstration activities were carried out in full compliance with the containment regulations of the Covid-19 emergency.

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