Many EU countries will be experiencing a step change in drone regulations from 1 st January 2021 as they adopt the ‘EU UAS Regulation Package’ and with this development brings a steep learning curve of finding which category applies to any given drone operation. Open? Specific? Certified?
If the drone pilot falls into the Open Category, are they Subcategory A1, A2, or A3? SkyBound Rescuer has launched a FREE intelligent survey, dubbed the ‘Drone License Finder’, which simplifies this process for all EU drone pilots and is sponsored by Flock, HALO Drones, and Allan Panthera.
Drone pilots simply complete a series of 3 to 14 ‘yes/no’ questions about their drone and how they intend on flying it, to then receive their category/subcategory results and personalised guidance based on the answers they gave. SkyBound Rescuer have made the EU drone laws simple for everyone; reducing reading times from weeks to minutes. Try it out today: www.skyboundrescuerproject.com/drone-license-finder
A “one size fits all” regulation is not a fair system, it causes drone pilots that are always flying low-risk operations (such as flying in large, open, and empty fields) to be trained to the same standard and regulated as strictly as drone pilots flying higher risk operations (such as flying in a city).
This is clearly not an optimal end state, which is why the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has chosen to pursue a tiered approach to drone regulations through their use of drone pilot categories: Open, Specific, and Certified – with the Open Category being broken down further into Subcategories: A1, A2, and A3. Whilst categorising drone pilots into categories and subcategories does prevent the aforementioned drawbacks of a “one size fits all” regulation, it however brings with it regulation complexity and the challenge of deciphering which category applies specifically to any given drone operation.
Before now, to learn the new regulations, a drone pilot would have needed to read 332 pages – that is the combined total of the EU legal documents (Implementing Regulation and Delegated Regulation) and the EASA guidance document (Easy Rules for UAS Regulations) – in order to first work out which category applies to them and, to potentially reread it, to then learn what applies to their applicable category/subcategory. On top of that, the National Aviation Authorities of the countries that are adopting these regulations have also published separate guidance documents – for example, the UK’s Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has published CAP1789, which is a further 47
pages of reading.
Notably, people don’t all learn in the same way – generally speaking, learning styles are: reading, listening, visual and kinaesthetic. The current resources available are best for reading learners only, but these documents are no longer the only tools available! SkyBound Rescuer has made it simple for everyone; reducing reading times from weeks to minutes with the launch of their Drone License Finder.
Gemma Alcock, Founder and CEO of SkyBound Rescuer, said: “Complex regulations for drone pilots without simple guidance could result in mass confusion. Accidentally breaking air laws, due to misunderstandings, can ruin a drone pilot’s career and can – sometimes – hold the industry back if it is severe enough for National Aviation Authorities to respond with stricter regulations. These changes then add to the overall confusion. No one wants that to happen. The new EU drone laws are a great step forward, but they are complex. However, that doesn’t mean that they need to be complicated to learn. My goal with this project was to simplify everyone’s learning journey, to ensure no one
accidentally breaks these new rules. And that’s exactly what we have achieved with our Drone License Finder – which is so exciting!”
Given SkyBound Rescuer’s proven track record in simplifying complex processes in order to optimise drone performance for all, their CEO – Gemma Alcock – decided that they were best placed to solve this learning challenge for all drone pilots. Thus, SkyBound Rescuer has announced today the launch of their ‘Drone License Finder’, which is a FREE intelligent survey that will find out which EU drone category and/or subcategory a person falls into and will generate personalised guidance based on their category and the answers they gave. Drone pilots simply complete a series of 3 to 14 ‘yes/no’ questions about their drone and how they intend on flying it. The number of questions depends on the answers they give. Once completed, they will be asked to sign up to SkyBound Rescuer’s newsletter to subsequently receive their category results and their personalised guidance on their rules, legal articles, and training requirements – straight to their inbox, immediately!
Chris Newton, Drone Manager at Nottinghamshire SAR Team, said: “Our team fly drones for search and rescue as volunteers. Trying to learn complex drone regulations as volunteers is incredibly difficult to balance on top of our careers, families, and life in general. SkyBound Rescuer’s Drone License Finder makes understanding the new EU drone regulations so much simpler by directing you quickly and easily to the category that suits your needs. The bespoke email report at the end makes a great reference point for understanding which license you need. Thank you, Gemma!”
SkyBound Rescuer secured some formidable sponsors for this project to ensure the ‘Drone License Finder’ could be free to use for all drone pilots. These sponsors are drone insurance provider – Flock, drone training provider – HALO Drones, and UAV business and legal consultants – Allan Panthera.
Lastly, SkyBound Rescuer note that they know it’s not called a “drone license” but when it’s the most Googled search term for drone training – “if you can’t beat them, join them!”
About SkyBound Rescuer
SkyBound Rescuer specialises in the use of drones for emergency response and has been shaping the future of drone lifesaving through its research-driven and user-centric approach to problem-solving.
SkyBound Rescuer has been involved in several cutting-edge national-level research projects for the UK and abroad, including the infamous RNLI & MCA’s ‘Exploitation of the Third Dimension for Search and Rescue’ project.
The founder and CEO, Gemma Alcock, was selected in a prestigious competition as the woman making the most difference in drones for SAR around the world, receiving the title of the ‘Woman to Watch in UAS 2018’. Through Gemma’s tireless focus and commitment to the advancement of drone lifesaving, she has become widely respected as a thought-leader in both the drone industry and SAR sector; Gemma is truly committed to and passionate about creating a future in which drones will routinely be a tool for saving lives.