ODENSE, Denmark — Drone legislation is not keeping up with the growing industry, and it doesn’t do enough to support end users or operators, said experts at TUS Nordics 2017 here earlier this month. For example, the different Nordic countries have different rules for unmanned systems.
“Right now, the community is asking for rules. A push is needed from the industry,” said Brad Beach, head of the University of Southern Denmark’s Unmanned Aerial Systems (SDU UAS) Center. “In the U.S., there are [registration] regulations, and they are not more advanced than here. Do we replicate the aviation model or see drones as a disruptive technology? There is steady progress in this area.”
Beach has lived in both the U.S. and Europe and compared international drone legislation and support.
“Look at other projects like SESAR [the Single European Sky Air Traffic Management Research],” he said. “The project was set up in 2004 as the technological pillar of the Single European Sky initiative. They are working for end solutions, workable for all nations. There are steps being taken to create more harmonization in Europe.”
Beach also cited the Joint Authorities for Rulemaking on Unmanned Systems, or JARUS, which includes experts from national aviation authorities. JARUS is working on unified technical, safety, and operational requirements for unmanned aircraft systems.
“Drones will disrupt the entire world, so countries should change existing rules to adapt to new technologies and create jobs,” Beach said.
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“I don’t think we are cooperating well enough to really utilize the possibilities our region has,” said Anders Martinsen, general manager at UAS Norway. He explained that his organization is working with its peers in Denmark, Finland, and Sweden.
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