Drones: new rules for safer skies across Europe

We know now, that precision agriculture, applied with drones, is a very efficient agriculture management method. Current evidence shows that UAVs are effective to assist farmers throughout the crop cycle, soil and field analysis, crop monitoring, irrigation, health assessment.

There are some limitations on drone operations, which used to fall under differing national rules. EU-wide rules for safety of drones have been approved by European Parliament. Under new rules, drones would need to be designed so that they can be operated without putting people at risk. Based on risk related to, for example, the weight of the drone or area of operation, the drone would need additional features, such as automated landing in case the operator loses contact with the drone or collision avoidance systems. Drone operators need to be aware of all the rules that apply to them and must be able to operate a drone safely, without putting people or other airspace users at risk. This means that some drone operators would be required to go through training before they can operate a drone.

To help identify the drone operators if there is an incident, operators of drones would need to be on national registers and their drones marked for identification.

“Sky is the limit” is not always the case on the drone technology’s there are some rules that need to be followed in order to better safeguard people’s privacy and personal data as well as protect the environment.