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The Belgian legislator has got work to do: the European Union launches rules and procedures for the exploitation of so-called 'drones'

September 12, 2019

 

The European Union published on the 11th of June 2019 the Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2019/947 of 24 Ma 2019 on the rules and procedures for the operation of unmanned aircraft.

 

These rules will need to be implemented and followed by the national laws of the Member States by the fist of July 2020.

 

The European Union noticed that to let unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) operate within the Single European Sky airspace, there needs to be uniformed rules and procedures in order to ensure safety.

 

Therefore, the criteria to for UAS operations rely upon the risk level of the used UAS. The regulation distinguishes three categories of operations: ‘open’, ‘specific’ and ‘certified’. Each of these categories must meet different conditions in order to be able to operate a UAS or a so called drone.

 

In Belgian, we have only a Royal Decree of the 10th of April 2016 on the use of Remoted Piloted Aircrafts within the Belgian Sky airspace.

 

This Royal Decree provides for the rules concerning air traffic, the technical aspects that aircraft must comply with, the licenses that pilots must have, etc.

 

Belgium now has until 1 July 2020 to bring its national provisions into line with the European regulation published for this purpose.

 

Thus, all conflicting rules will have to be eliminated, the additional procedures will have to be implemented, as well as the national licenses will have to be in accordance to the European regulations that will be in force from 1 July 2020.

 

Via this link the published European Regulation can already be read on it:

 

 

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