The AW-Drones project aims to contribute to the safe use of mass market drones by supporting the on-going EU regulatory process for the definition of rules, technical standards and procedures for civilian drones.
A well-reasoned set of technical standards covering the analysis of standards required to support both the Specific Operations Risk Assessment (SORA) methodology and the development of U-Space in Europe are also part of the project’s objective.
The project will contain a set of validation workshops with experts and external stakeholders. These stakeholders include drone suppliers, operators, academia and regulators.
They will support, from their respective point of view, the collection of data, information and perspectives regarding the use of drones worldwide and contribute to its analysis supporting EASA's regulatory due-process.
In particular, data, information and perspectives will include:
- Current standardization activity and standard perspectives for evolution of drone products and services
- Research works regarding safety and incidents involving drones
- Local and regional solutions adopted by aviation safety regulators to address mass market drone operations
- Application issues emerging from different market application of drones
- Elements hampering wide distribution and mutual recognition of drone-based product and services between States Information gathered will be critically assessed and benchmarked using defined criteria taking into account the needs and opinions of the different stakeholders of the drone value-chain.
Additionally, the goal is to enable safe, environmentally sound and reliable operations in Europe, in order to generate additional leverage for Europe in the international negotiations for global rules and standards; to increase the acceptance of EU standards; and to offer improved opportunities for European drone designers, manufacturers and operators when accessing global markets.
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