Europe to have drone rules in place by 2019
The crew at Droneinsurance.ie came across an interesting article this morning which states that the EU says it wants to create a traffic management system for unmanned drones that’s similar to air traffic control for manned planes.
The idea is to put the EU at a similar pace with the U.S., where the Federal Aviation Administration are working on a remote identification system for drones. The U.S. currently already requires commercial pilots to register their aircraft.
For remote identification of drones to work, aircraft will likely need to be registered somewhere. Or else drones will operate like an unmarked car on the road, only there’s no driver and no one to pull over if there’s a problem. You can read the article here
Currently in Ireland drone registration has been mandatory in accordance with the Small Unmanned Aircraft (Drones) and Rockets Order S.I. 563 of 2015 for certain drones. All drones over 1kg must be registered, as do all drones, irrespective of weight flown higher than 15m above the ground or water.
In order to register your drone, you must first register with ASSET, the IAA’s online terrain mapping system. Once done, you will be able to register your drone via the ASSET system.
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