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CIVATAGlobal welcomes European Commission adoption of U-space regs

CIVATA Global welcomes the European Commission’s adoption on 22 April of the U-space package – three regulations that together create the conditions necessary for both drones and manned aircraft to operate safely U-space airspace. According to the Commission: “These regulations introduce new services for drone operators, allowing them to carry out more complex and longer-distance operations, particularly in congested, low-level airspace (below 120m), and when out of sight. The U-space creates and harmonises the conditions needed for manned and unmanned aircraft to operate safely, to prevent collisions between drones and other aircraft, and to mitigate the risks of drone traffic on the ground.

The European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) is now preparing the technical specifications (Acceptable Means of Compliance/Guidance Material) in order to allow the industry and competent authorities to prepare for implementation.

“This is another important regulatory milestone in the maturing UAS industry,” says Andrew Charlton, Director General of CIVATAGlobal. “We now have to speed up the work to extend the outline U-space concept of operations to include autonomous operations above people, which will provide the framework for introducing commercially viable, safe and efficient urban air mobility operations within the European Union.”

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