Similar to the United States, many European countries find themselves in a UAS regulation limbo. Unlike the United States, however, most of those countries do not have the FAA scrutinizing the very existence of commercial drones.
The call for comprehensive UAS regulations in the United States has been voiced by everyone in the community, and the FAA has a deadline of September 2015 to appease. A similar universal set of regulations has been proposed for all of Europe by the European Commission. Recognizing the incredible growth potential of the billion dollar industry, the Europeans are trying to collectively establish guidelines by 2016.
“The standards will cover the following areas:”
- “Strict EU wide rules on safety authorizations.”
- “Tough controls on privacy and data protection.”
- “Controls to ensure security.”
- “A clear framework for liability and insurance.”
- “Streamlining R&D and supporting new industry.”
Being that each European country operates UAS under it’s own jurisdiction, this is an obvious step in the right direction of bridging the regulation gaps for all of Europe.