January 18, 2016 By FTI Consulting
In 2016, drones could deliver goods, respond to disasters, manage our borders and account for 10% of the European aviation market in the next 10 years, amounting to € 15 billion per year.
On December 7, the European Commission presented its Aviation Strategy for Europe, pledging to unleash the full potential of unmanned aircraft, commonly referred to as drones.
The Commission proposes that future regulation of drones will apply to design, production, maintenance and operation within the Single European Sky airspace.
The proposed regulation has now been submitted to the European Parliament and the council of the European Union in order for both institutions to develop their position. MEP Jacqueline Foster (UK, ECR) is likely to become the Parliament’s Rapporteur on the dossier.
Drone operations will likely be categorized according to three levels of risk, and regulated as such.