ESPI workshop “Opening Airspacefor UAS. A Regulatory Framework to introduce UAS in the Civilian Airspace

October 4, 2010 at 2:13 pm | Posted in Aviation Law Current Event | Leave a comment

by P.J. Blount with the blog faculty

Source – ESPI:

4 November 2010. ESPI workshop “Opening Airspacefor UAS. A Regulatory Framework to introduce UAS in the Civilian Airspace

Unmanned Aircraft Vehicles (UAS) have traditionally belonged to the military domain. More recently, their utility for other civilian governmental uses such as border control, fire fighting, ground traffic surveillance, and pollution control are opening the new market opportunities. At the technological level civilian UAS benefit from the migration from the military and are capable of creating new civilian models. For its high innovation component and its need of highly qualified skills, this emerging market can bring important benefits for European society ranging from civil protection missions to long term market leadership.UAV_leaflet_Sep20101

However the lack of a regulatory framework applicable to the flight of UAS in airspace is halting the development of a promising sector. Decision makers have realised this obstacle and efforts are being made to create a regulatory framework that will allow the release of all the potential of this emerging market. After the hearing on Light UAS in 2009 and the development of the INOU project under FP6, on 1 July 2010 the European Commission launched a high level conference on UAS setting up the basis for the creation of such legal framework.

The present workshop has been organised against this background and aims at contributing to the ongoing discussions on the creation of a legal framework for UAS in Europe while highlighting the relevant role of the space component in the development of applications based on UAS. Representatives the space industry as well as EASA, EUROCONTROL and the European Commission together with independent legal experts will expose and discuss the most relevant issues for the creation of a legal framework for civilian UAS in Europe.

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