New safety regulations for drones coming in 2020

New safety regulations for drones coming in 2020July 9, 2019

New safety regulations for drones coming in 2020
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Last May, the European Commission announced the new safety and security measures for drones in 2020, which affects both pilots and professionals, as well as recreational people.

According to sources these new regulations arise from the incidents reported over last few months, particularly the one in the United Kingdom. Hundreds of flights were cancelled at Gatwick airport in December 2018 due to drone appearances, which caused major disruption and affected over 140.000 passengers, and is known to have been the biggest disruption since ash from an Iceland volcano shut the airport in 2010.

Who is affected by these new regulations?

This will affect all aircrafts, no matter the size nor weight, although there are small differences between each category. For the smaller aircrafts it will be necessary an online registration and meet a set of minimum requirements, but these unmanned aerial aircrafts will continue to fly without prior authorisation, such as flying below 120 meters.

When it comes to the larger aircrafts that are above 25kg, they will have to follow a stricter guideline. They will not be able to fly without prior authorisation, nor will they be able to fly below 120 meters.

What does that mean?

From 2020, anyone who possesses an unmanned aerial aircraft will have to register it. This new regulation will replace the current national regulations in the EU to address not only security measurements, but also to “reduce the safety risks associated with unmanned aerial aircrafts”, according to the CE. In this way, the countries within the EU will be able to determine the “no-fly-zones”, and avoid drone-entrances in order to prevent incidents like the one at Gatwick airport. With this new registration regulation, the national authority will have the right means to prevent misuse or illegal drone activities through the registration, remote identification and the “non-fly-zones”. Besides this, in the near future, the European Commission will also publish guideless and “standard scenarios” for unmanned aircraft operations, which will help operators to comply with the rules set.


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