The full potential of UASs cannot be realised until they can fly in non-segregated areas and appropriate legislation and regulatory measures are developed. The necessity to quickly have a full set of common European rules on UAS airworthiness and integration within non-segregated airspace has become a matter of urgency and an unavoidable task. The lack of this regulatory framework prevents the industry from building pertinent business plans and from launching the developments required to answer civil customer’s needs.
The present contribution to the debate raised by the European Space Policy Institute (ESPI) on UASs examines the existing legislation at international level and at the European level applicable to UASs, the basic principles that should be taken into consideration for designing a regulatory framework permitting UASs to fly in common airspace and the contribution given by international organisations, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), and the European Organisation for Civil Aviation Equipment (EUROCAE), to this project.
Professor of Air Law – University of Bologna.
Since 1988, practising lawyer and senior partner of AS&T law firm, which offers a comprehensive range of legal services (both for contentious and non-contentious matters) in aviation, aerospace, marine, transport, insurance, international trade and commerce as well as European law.
Legal advisor for business enterprises and public institutions, airport operators, national and international airlines. Member of the Bologna Bar appearing before national and European Community courts.
** This paper was presented at the European Space Policy Institute seminar on 4 November 2010. **
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