EU: ‘More flexible rules for drones as of 2020’
As of July 2020, there will be new European regulations for the use of drones. They will be far more flexible than the Belgian ones, stipulated in April 2016, and will boost the business world. The new rules are based on a radically different vision on the use of pilotless flying devices.
“The actual rules are based on the principle that nothing is allowed unless we say otherwise,” says Seppe Oyen, community manager of the Limburg drone campus Droneport. “The new rules are just the opposite: anything is possible unless we say something is not.”
One of the deciding aspects of the new regulation is the risk level of a flight. Drones up to 25 kg now can immediately fly at a 120-meter height on the condition that they stay away from crowds.
Shortly, drones weighing more than 250 g need to be equipped with an alarm system, capable of sending a signal and data about its position, height, flight direction, and identity of the pilot. The drone also has to have a warning system for the pilot to indicate when he enters a zone he’s not permitted access to.
On Tuesday, the Belgian Civil Drone Council gathered to finetune the European rules further. They will have to take a close look at all the details and blind spots by mid-2020.
The Antwerp Unifly that is developing a platform to manage drone traffic is picking up the federal investment company FPIM as an investor. FPIM invests 2 million euros in Unifly. “A firm establishment,” concludes Unifly CEO Marc Kegelaers. “FPIM invests in companies that are important for the Belgian economy.”