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 […]

Pour l’Afrique, le potentiel de création de valeur des drones est considérable.

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Sa géographie s’y prête bien : des grandes distances et, si l’on met de côté les grandes métropoles, des territoires à densité modérée. Les drones peuvent changer la donne et relever certains défis auxquels font face des pays en Afrique, par exemple : L’optimisation des récoltes agricoles par analyse des cultures et des sols La lutte […]

Drones for Railways: avoid track possession

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Value drivers for Railways: avoid track possession. Count in days and not in weeks. In Europe, Digital Railways has been a major focus of attention, with an objective to improve passenger experience but also competitivity vs other means of transport. In this context, a number of railway companies have started their “digitization from the air” […]

Drones and A.I. value in “Transforming Construction”

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Drones and Artificial intelligence in the “Transforming Construction” Industrial Strategy Funding Challenge expected in July Innovate UK and the KTN Knowledge Transfer Network recently hosted meetings on Artificial Intelligence in the Infrastructure and Construction sectors and the upcoming Industrial Strategy Funding Challenges  ISCF.  The “Transforming Construction” budget of £170 million has been approved and the […]