Innerhalb der EASA wird zur Zeit eine neue A-NPA zum Thema "Regulation of Unmanned Aircraft" vorbereitet.
Zu diesem Thema gibt es seitens Europe Air Sports durch Dave Phipps (BMFA, EAS, EMFU) ein Update des aktuellen Standes der Dinge. Der Text ist allerdings nur in englisch verfügbar.


"European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) - Update on proposals for the Regulation of Unmanned Aircraft

The work of the ‘Expert Group’ working with EASA on refining the proposed regulations for unmanned aircraft concluded on the 3rd March. All members of the ‘Expert Group’ were circulated with a copy of the draft regulation (Notice of Proposed Amendment - NPA) for comment (a lot of comments were submitted in response!) and EASA are currently in the process of preparing the NPA for publication which is scheduled for the 4th May. Once published, the NPA will be open to feedback for a period of three months.
The draft version of the NPA incorporated some important changes to what had been published in the ‘Prototype Rules’ and these are summarised as follows:

• New recognition of Model Clubs/Associations in the Recital:
(9) Taking into account the good safety record achieved, dedicated provisions for recreational flight activities conducted in the framework of model clubs and associations should be also provided, in order to ensure a level playing field for all UAS operators.

• Model flying is now possible within the Open Category (A3) where it was not possible within the terms of the ‘Prototype Rules’ due to technical requirements which were inappropriate for conventional model aircraft (such as geo-fencing). The proposals do include some restrictions in terms of registration requirements (for both pilot and aircraft), a requirement for verification of pilot competence and a 400ft height limit.

• Model flying is also possible under Article 16 (previously Article15 in the ‘Prototype Rules’) for Model Club/Association members within the terms of an authorisation issued by the ‘Competent Authority’ (in our case the Civil Aviation Authority). The terms of Article 16 provide the ‘Competent Authority’ with some flexibility to determine the details and any deviations from the EASA regulations at National level (such as registration requirements and height restrictions). In practical terms for UK flyers, we are hopeful that (in negotiation with the Department for Transport and the Civil Aviation Authority) members will be able to continue flying their models largely as they do currently.

• Model flying is also possible under Article 14 within ‘Zones’ with operational parameters defined by the Member State. Zones designated in this way could incorporate exemptions from ‘Open Category’ requirements without the requirement for a ‘Specific Category’ authorisation and/or with extension of operational limitations (such as max height).
Regardless of the above, our preference would have been to place model flying within Annex II of the Basic Regulation (and therefore within national rather than EASA control), but there was insufficient support for this option within the European political system.

It is anticipated that the EASA regulations will come into force in 2021, but that a number of Member States (including the UK) will revise and update their regulations in advance of this.
We await receipt of the NPA and will provide a further update in due course.
Dave Phipps
(As Technical Officer to Europe Air Sports)"

Sobald die angesprochene A-NPA verfügbar ist, wird die gemeinsame Kommentierung der Mitglieder der EMFU anlaufen, in den Kommentierungsprozess der EASA eingespeist und innerhalb der in der EASA zuständigen Arbeitgruppe RMT0230 durch dort präsente Vertreter der EMFU vertreten werden.