The main focus of the second AW Drones workshop taking place on 5 November 2020 will be on U-space, in addition to the outcome of the Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) OPS survey on drone operations.
The lack of clear standards is holding back the development of drone-related business, both at the European and the global level. Several studies and surveys have identified a reliable regulatory and standardisation framework as one of the main potential boosters for the drone business. To foster the growth of safe drone usage in the EU, there is a need to implement coherent and interoperable global standards and regulations for drones. Therefore, the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme has funded the AW Drones Project to tackle, in coordination with multiple stakeholders, these issues and guide future EU drone regulation.
The AW Drones Consortium contributes to harmonisation of the EU drone regulation and standards, supporting the European Union rulemaking process for the definition of rules, technical standards and procedures for civilian drones to enable safe, environmentally sound and reliable operations in the EU.
The project will achieve this target through 2 sub-goals:
a) Providing a repository of “best practices” to support EASA’s regulatory process. AW Drones facilitates the on-going European Union regulatory process for the definition of rules, technical standards and procedures for drones. The project will produce an online and freely accessible repository of “best practices” available to support the rulemaking process of the European Aviation Safety Agency and the European Commission.
b) Proposing and validating a well-reasoned set of technical standards for operations, appropriate for all relevant categories of drones. AW Drones will contribute to the identification and validation of a well-reasoned set of technical standards for operations, appropriate for all categories of drones. These standards will be presented on an easy-to-navigate knowledge platform, open to all stakeholders.
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