European partners agree U-space principles in a joint paper

A joint paper released by members of the ‘We are ALL ONE in the Sky’ initiative sets out five key principles that U-Space regulation, currently under development by the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and the European Commission, should meet. We are ALL ONE in the Sky brings together representatives from the airline, airport, air navigation service, manufacturing, and staff associations. The paper covers aspects such as the importance of information exchange between all airspace users, the need to ensure the safe integration of drones in the airspace – as opposed to purely segregating them from other users of the airspace – and the fundamental importance of ensuring that today’s exceptionally high safety standards are maintained.

The We are ALL ONE in the Sky initiative supports the creation of a proportionate, risk- and performance-based regulatory framework to enable the drone services industry to flourish, and – crucially – to provide for a safe, secure and efficient operation of manned and unmanned aviation.

The five critical principles include:

  1. Enable common airspace situational awareness through information exchange
  2. Clarify the responsibilities and liabilities to be borne by different actors
  3. Maximise airspace capacity through integration, not segregation
  4. Maintain and improve today’s high safety level
  5. Create a flexible framework to accommodate an evolving industry.

The joint paper is available here:

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