Many EU countries will be experiencing a step change in drone regulations from 1 st January 2021 as they adopt the ‘EU UAS Regulation Package’ and with this development brings a steep learning curve of finding which category applies to any given drone operation. Open? Specific? Certified?
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A “one size fits all” regulation is not a fair system, it causes drone pilots that are always flying low-risk operations (such as flying in large, open, and empty fields) to be trained to the same standard and regulated as strictly as drone pilots flying higher risk operations (such as flying in a city).
This is clearly not an optimal end state, which is why the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has chosen to pursue a tiered approach to drone regulations through their use of drone pilot categories: Open, Specific, and Certified – with the Open Category being broken down further into Subcategories: A1, A2, and A3. Whilst categorising drone pilots into categories and subcategories does prevent the aforementioned drawbacks of a “one size fits all” regulation, it however brings with it regulation complexity and the challenge of deciphering which category applies specifically to any given drone operation.
Before now, to learn the new regulations, a drone pilot would have needed to read 332 pages – that is the combined total of the EU legal documents (Implementing Regulation and Delegated Regulation) and the EASA guidance document (Easy Rules for UAS Regulations) – in order to first work out which category applies to them and, to potentially reread it, to then learn what applies to their applicable category/subcategory. On top of that, the National Aviation Authorities of the countries that are adopting these regulations have also published separate guidance documents – for example, the
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