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EASA Drones Regulations – Summary and Webinar

by Fabio Affortunato
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The fateful date of 31/12/2020 (see “Implementing Regulation (EU)) 2020/746“), or the realistic one of 01/01/2021, in which the “Implementing Regulation (UE) 2020/947“ European drone law will come into effect is forthcoming. So it is good to recap, which are the most important changes compared to the current ENAC regulation “Mezzi Aerei a Pilotaggio Remoto – Ed.3, Emendamento 1 del 14 luglio 2020“.

EASA drone regulation

The principle of the EASA drone regulation

There is a substantial difference in the principle on which the EASA drone regulation is based compared to the ENAC regulation; in fact, the EASA regulation on drones is based on the principle of risk, while the ENAC regulation on the principle of operation. In practical terms, the EASA drone regulation considers the fact that by increasing the risk, the necessary requirements for pilot and drone increase. The following infographic (which can be downloaded from this link) makes the concept more evident.

ENAC-EASA-Regulation-Principles

ENAC-EASA Regulation Principles – 4mydrone

EASA drone regulation effect on drone operations

The main effect in the transition from the ENAC regulation to the EASA drone regulation is that drone operations will be characterized by the risk assessment for both the “Specific” and  “Certified” categories:

EENAC-EASA Regulation Operations Schema

ENAC EASA Regulation Operations Schema – 4mydrone

In order to simplify operations, the standard scenarios STS-01 and STS-02 are defined in the EASA drone regulation (see Blog article “EASA Regulation – Standard scenarios updates and new classes C5 and C6“).

EASA Drone Regulations – Pilot competences

Without prejudice to the LUC conversion of the pilot certificates for “Non-Critical Operations” and for “Critical Operations” CRO, valid and necessary according to the ENAC drone regulations, the transition to the EASA regulation implies for those who do not yet have the license the demonstration of basic knowledge requests, in relation to the class to which the drone belongs:

ENAC-EASA-Regulations-pilot-license

Pilot License Schema ENAC EASA Regulations – 4mydrone

EASA drone regulation webinar

Regarding the entry into force of the European drone regulation, EASA has scheduled two webinars in English – available for free – through the YouTube platform. The first, scheduled for 12/9/2020 at 5:00 pm, entitled “Flying a Drone for fun – Get to know how to become aa good drone pilot Virtual event – Information session on Drones“. This webinar is aimed to whom he uses the drone for recreational purposes and for non-critical activities, which according to the EASA regulation will be part of the “Open” category. The second webinar, entitled “Flying a Drone professionally – Find out what is important for your business“, scheduled for December 10th at 11:00 am, it is aimed at professional pilots, or those who operate in the “Specific” category of the EASA drone regulation.

Two events were held:

  • 1st event of 9/12/2020 – time  05:00 PM – “Flying a Drone for fun – Get to know how to become aa good drone pilot Virtual event – Information session on Drones”,
  • 2nd event of 10/12/2020 – time 11:00 AM- “Flying a Drone professionally – Find out what is important for your business”.

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Note regarding the images: The cover image is taken from pixabay.com, free for commercial use and without request for attribution – Author mohamed_hassan. The icons used in the info-graphics, free for commercial use, relating to the “thumbs down” and “bullet points” are taken from Iconfinder.com – authors Kokota and Anastasya Bolshakova in Developer Set. The info-graphics were created by 4mydrone . The use of images is exclusively for the purpose of better understanding the contents of the article.

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