Honored to contribute to The Science and Technology Committee inquiry on the ethical and safety implications of the growing use of civilian drones, of all sizes, across the UK due April 12, 2019

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As a member of ARPAS-UK, The Drone Office contributed to a hopefully fair and balanced response to the Science and Technology Committee inquiry on the ethical and safety implications of the growing use of civilian drones, of all sizes, across the UK. The Committee focused on the following 8 questions: Q1: The ethical implications of […]

Meet us at the World Humanitarian Forum in London 17-18 April 2019

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The World Humanitarian Forum, on April 17/18th at Excel London, brings together prominent leaders from the public and private sectors, as well as international thought-leaders and pioneers. It’s a unique and essential opportunity to engage in inspirational, thought-provoking, and future-focused dialogues that aim to shape the future of humanitarian aid and international development, and ultimately […]

Takeaways from Transport Systems Catapult Pathfinder Community Day held 3rd April 2019.

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First thank you to the Transport Systems Catapult, now the Connected Places Catapult, for gathering the community, offering regulatory and funding updates by a panel of high level speakers, as well as networking opportunities. Anne-Lise represented ARPAS-UK at the event. Our key takeaways: REGULATORY: Following the Gatwick incidents last December, the regulatory activities in the […]

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

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On 28 February 2019 the EASA Committee has given its positive vote tothe European Commission’s proposal for an Implementing Act regulating theoperations of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) in the open and specificcategories.The Implementing Regulation (rules) is expected to be published in early summer2019 and will become applicable 12 months later (June 2020).  The Delegated act […]

13th March: ANO 2019 coming into force in the UK, including extension of flight restriction zones at protected aerodromes.

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  The Gatwick incidents last December certainly accelerated measures that were already discussed and were expected for later this year. In particular, the runway protection zones of protected aerodromes now measure 5km in length by 1km in width. The amendment is published at: http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ uksi/2019/261/made. For detailed understanding of the ANO 2018 and ANO 2019 […]

Takeaways from Transport Systems Catapult SME Day on Drones Solutions and Opportunities held 6th March.

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First thank you to the Transport Systems Catapult for organising a very instructive day around “Drones: Solutions and Opportunities for the UK Transport Industry”, gathering a panel of high level speakers and industry stakeholders and offering many opportunities for discussions and networking. A couple of takeaways: The Gatwick incidents last December have left their marks. […]

Unicef-backed Vanuatu contract award for vaccine drone delivery

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Vanuatu awards Swoop Aero and Wingcopter with commercial contracts for vaccine drone delivery. The Vanuatu Government has awarded two international drone companies, Swoop Aero and Wingcopter, with commercial contracts to trial drone delivery to bring lifesaving vaccines to children living in remote rural islands. “Ensuring vital supplies at health facilities are consistently available is an […]

Drone regulation: mandate of EASA, the European Authority in Aviation Safety, officially broadened to embrace drones.

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This is good news for the European drone industry. Having a strong regulator is a benefit in safety-minded industries such as aeronautics. A European-wide framework will facilitate investment in the ecosystem and favor market expansion. On 11 September 2018 the European Parliament adopted updated aviation safety rules for Europe including a new mandate for EASA […]