The new U-Space regulatory package composed of three regulations has been adopted today by the European Commission. These regulations establish the necessary requirements for the safe operation and co-existence of manned and unmanned aircraft in the U-space.
With the incorporation of these new regulatory package new service for drone operators are now in place, increasing the distance for them to perform their operations, especially in congested VLL airspace.
Commissioner for Transport Adina Vălean claimed: “Drones are a clear part of the future transport and logistics landscape. There is vast potential when it comes to new cargo and delivery services, as well as other innovative applications, including drone flights with passengers on board in the future. This has clear added value in terms of achieving our decarbonisation, digitalisation and resilience ambitions, and the U-Space package is an important step towards creating the well-functioning, trusted and safe enabling environment that we need to develop a competitive EU drone services market.”
It is planned for the U-Space regulation to enter into force in April and finalize a transition period in January 2023. The AMC & GM to support this regulation is currently being developed by the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA).
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Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) …/… of 22.4.2021 amending Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2017/373 as regards requirements for providers of air traffic management/air navigation services and other air traffic management network functions in the U-space airspace designated in controlled airspace