European Commission Begins Crafting Rules on Drones

 - April 14, 2014, 12:45 PM

The European Commission proposed new guidelines last week designed to harmonize rules and regulations that dictate the operation of unmanned aerial systems, which the EC designates as remotely piloted aircraft systems. Potential European operators are eager to put unmanned vehicles into service as soon as possible. The proposed new European guidelines will look at safety, security, privacy, data protection and insurance liability issues.

EC vice president Siim Kallas, commissioner for mobility and transport, said, “If ever there was a right time to do this, and to do this at a European level, it is now.”

Much like the guidelines the FAA has in mind, the standards that the European Aviation Safety Agency is expected to create will demand a level of safety equivalent to that of manned aviation operations. Data collection and privacy, under the watchful eyes of the EC, must comply with the applicable data protection rules and must monitor the collection and processing of personal data. Because drone flights within Europe will quickly cross national borders, the EASA will develop necessary protections for information streams, as well as specific legal obligations for all players that will be enforced by national authorities.


Wonder if the EU will be like FAA and try to have a monopoly over model planes too. FAA lost their lawsuit against the model plane pilot who the FAA had fined $10,000 for using a model quad copter to take pictures to sell. Seems like the FAA says a model plane, which the NTSB Judge says the FAA does not have legal jurisdiction over, is classified now by the FAA as a Expermental Aircraft if used to take pictures for real estate companies of houses for sale. Maybe the EU could cut down on unemployment by hiring thousands of workers like the FAA will need if the FAA can con the public into thinking model planes need the FAA to regulate them. Maybe the FAA would be wiser to use the FAA money to put GPS trackers on all real planes rather than try to punish people for flying a model planes to take pictures of real estate for sale. the MH 370 777 reportedly had life rafts on board that were equiped with GPS satellite trackers that activated upon inflation of the raft so rescuers could find the life raft anywhere in the world, even the Indian Ocean. So why would the FAA spend taxpayer money to prosecute model plane pilots while not spending a dime to require a $300-$400 GPS tracker on all airlines so an airline would never be lost again? Cell phones have GPS trackers. Dogs can have GPStrackers attached to their collars. So why is the FAA wasting taxpayer dollars prosecuting model plane pilots while not forcing airlines to sepnd $300-$400 for a satellite tracker for all airlines? There is plenty of bandwidth on the Iridium satellite network so that a home hobbyist can build a satellite tracker for $300-$400 in 1-2 hours with instructions at so why can't the FAA spend its money on forcing the airlines to attach GPS trackers on all planes instead of wasting money prosecuting model plane drone pilots?