Commission adopts rules on operating drones

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A flying drone with a heat camera is presented during a media conference about the security measures taken against metal thieves at Vattenfall in Jaenschwalde, Germany, 02 October 2013. Vattenfall is using artificial DNA, flying robots and other measures to guard against metal thieves at their Lausitz facility.

Commission adopts rules on operating drones


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The European Commission adopted the rules to ensure increasing drone traffic across Europe is safe. These rules will apply to all operators of drones, both professionals and those flying drones for leisure.
The rules address safety and contain important building blocks to mitigate drone related security risks, and will replace existing national rules. As of 2020 drone operators will be registered with national authorities, who will be able to define so-called “no-fly zones” and to prevent unlawful drone activities.
Following the technical requirements for drones is another key deliverable under the Commission’s Aviation Strategy for Europe. The European Commission is also developing an institutional, regulatory and architectural framework for the provision of U-space services.

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