1st set of European drone regulation: publication by summer 2019 and coming into force by mid-2020


On 28 February 2019 the EASA Committee has given its positive vote to
the European Commission’s proposal for an Implementing Act regulating the
operations of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) in the open and specific
The Implementing Regulation (rules) is expected to be published in early summer
2019 and will become applicable 12 months later (June 2020). 

The Delegated act which contains the technical requirements for UAS
including the requirements for the CE marking of the UAS in the open category was
expected to be adopted by the Commission on 12 March 2019. Thereafter it will
be sent then to European Council and European Parliament for their 2 months
scrutiny period. EASA expects the publication of the delegated act in Q2 2019.

For more information, please refer to :

Next steps

In parallel, EASA is working on the next steps that will enable safe
operations of UAS and the integration of these new airspace users into the

  • Complementing the above mentioned
    regulations with Alternative Means of Compliance (AMC) and Guidance Material
    (GM): Executive Director’s Decision is expected in Q2 2019
  • EASA’s Opinion with 2 standards
    scenarios declarative which will be an appendix to the Implementing Act: EASA’s
    Opinion expected in Q4 2019
  • EASA’s Notice of Proposed
    Amendment (NPA) for the UAS in the Certified Category which will include a
    comprehensive package addressing all aviation domains (airworthiness,
    continuing airworthiness, remote pilot license, aircraft operations, ATM/ANS
    and aerodromes): NPA expected in Q4 2019-beginning 2020.
  • EASA’s Opinion of U-space
    including a high level framework: Opinion expected by Q4 2019.

This follows a four month consultation period on the Notice of Proposed
Amendment, NPA 2017-05,  EASA published Opinion 01/2018, including a proposal for a new
Regulation for UAS operations in ‘open’ and ‘specific’ category.

  • ‘open’ category is a category of
    UAS operation that, considering the risks involved, does not require a prior
    authorisation by the competent authority nor a declaration by the UAS operator
    before the operation takes place;
  • ‘specific’ category is a category
    of UAS operation that, considering the risks involved, requires an
    authorisation by the competent authority before the operation takes place,
    taking into account the mitigation measures identified in an operational risk
    assessment, except for certain standard scenarios where a declaration by the
    operator is sufficient or when the operator holds a light UAS operator
    certificate (LUC) with the appropriate privileges.;
  • ‘certified’ category is a
    category of UA operation that, considering the risks involved, requires the
    certification of the UAS, a licensed remote pilot and an operator approved by
    the competent authority, in order to ensure an appropriate level of safety.

The proposed Regulation will be accompanied by appropriate AMC and GM.
This will be officially published as soon as the proposed Regulation has been
adopted by the EU Commission. In order to support the stakeholders, a draft version of
the AMC and GM
has been
made available, its final text may be improved.

Anne-Lise Scaillierez