After Commissioner Bulc’s presentation of the entire aviation package last December, the Commission set out its proposal for a new Regulation on common aviation safety rules (EASA regulation) in more detail, highlighting the strategic objectives and the aim of making better use of limited resources. One of the major changes the proposal would introduce is a flexible and performance-based approach, with a risk hierarchy and proportional rules as well as opt-in options for aircraft manufacturers. The Commission proposal also addresses some gaps and inconsistencies in the existing EASA Regulation, and, most importantly, aims to unleash the potential of the drone market. The Rapporteur agreed that drones are the biggest current challenge in aviation and favoured tougher, clearer rules and defined competences. A number of Members took a similar stance. They stressed that issues such as pilot training, “detect and avoid” technology and coping with technological developments should also be tackled by the Regulation. The Commission fully shared this approach.

Source: European Parliament

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