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Aviation partners agree joint principles for safe integration of drones

Members of Europe’s leading aviation associations have today published a joint paper setting out the principles to support the safe integration into European airspace of unmanned aircraft, or ‘drones’. 

This is one of the most critical issues facing the aviation industry today. Drones will revolutionise many aspects of everyday life, from the way people travel, to agriculture, policing, mapping, deliveries, maintenance, asset management and construction. However, their proliferation also raises questions about how to handle their integration without compromising safety or security or disrupting current airspace operations.

The We are ALL ONE in the Sky initiative, which brings together representatives from the airline, airport, air navigation service, manufacturing, staff associations and beyond, has set out five key principles that  ‘U-Space Regulation’, currently under development by the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and the European Commission, should meet. They cover aspects such as the importance of information exchange between all airspace users, the need to ensure the safe integration of drones in the airspace – as opposed to purely segregating them from other users of the airspace - and the fundamental importance of ensuring that today’s exceptionally high safety standards are maintained. 

The We are ALL ONE in the Sky initiative supports the creation of a proportionate, risk- and performance-based regulatory framework to enable the drone services industry to flourish, and – crucially – to provide for a safe, secure and efficient operation of manned and unmanned aviation.

Members of the We are ALL ONE in the Sky initiative:

Airlines for Europe (A4E)
Airports Council International Europe (ACI EUROPE)
AeroSpace and Defence Industries Association of Europe (ASD)
Air Traffic Controllers European Unions Coordination (ATCEUC)
Civil Air Navigation Services Organisation (CANSO)
Europe Air Sports 
European Business Aviation Association (EBAA)
European Cockpit Association (ECA)
European Helicopter Association (EHA)
European Regions Airline Association (ERA)
European Transport Workers’ Federation (ETF)
General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA)
International Council of Aircraft Owner and Pilot Associations (IAOPA)
International Air Transport Association (IATA)
International Federation of Air Line Pilots’ Associations (IFALPA)
International Federation of Air Traffic Controllers’ Associations (IFATCA)
International Federation of Air Traffic Safety Electronics Associations (IFATSEA)


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Five key principles for a successful regulatory framework for unmanned aviation operations & unmanned traffic management (UTM / U-Space)