On 11 June 2019, a package of regulations relating to the use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) within Europe was published in the Official Journal of the European Union. This ‘EU UAS Regulation Package’ consists of two separate, but interlinked regulations as follows:
Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2019/947 on the procedures and rules for the operation of unmanned aircraft.
For simplicity, this will be referred to as the ‘Implementing Regulation’ (IR) within this document
Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2019/945 on unmanned aircraft and on third country operators of unmanned aircraft systems.
A package of Guidance Material, providing additional information on certain parts within the regulations, is expected to be published early in the autumn by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) Although the regulations have now been published, it is important to note that they will not become applicable until a later date.
The DR will enter into force and become applicable on 1 July 2019. The IR will also enter into force on the same day, but it will not become applicable until one year later (1 July 2020).
Therefore, the contents of these regulations, and hence the content of this document, will not have any immediate effect on the way unmanned aircraft are operated within the United Kingdom. These regulations do not apply to operations that are conducted indoors.
This document has been written with the aim of providing readers, particularly those who are less familiar with the layout and structure of European regulatory documents, with an outline of the new regulations as they now appear in law, a simple explanation of the general intent behind the key parts of the regulations, and our outline plans for their implementation within the UK. It is intended to be used as an aid to reading and understanding the regulations themselves; it does not replace the regulations as the definitive documents.