A meeting took place in July between the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and various National Aviation Authorities and experts from the Informal European Drone Experts Group. The objective of this meeting was to provide input to the latest EASA U-Space draft regulations.
The importance of developing a common European U-Space system was one of the focus points of the meeting, but it was made clear that the national authorities should have the final decision on how to organize the U-Space Areas within their own airspace.
“There appears to be a new willingness on behalf of EASA,” according to one of the expert group participants, “to give States more flexibility in how and when they deploy U-space areas. States should be able to define whether there is one area or ten and they should also be able to decide what will be the most appropriate timescale for deployment.”
Under the current proposals, after the publication of the U-space regulation States would have one year in which to deploy the rules at a national level, but this timescale might be extended.