The 7th Plenary meeting of Sub-Committee SC/16 (UAS) of Technical Committee TC/20 (Aerospace) of the International Standard Organisation (ISO) took place in Tokyo from 26 to 30 November 2018.
The Plenary meeting was attended by about 50 experts from all over the world, including France, Germany and Italy. Italy (UNI) was represented by Filippo Tomasello, Senior Partner of EuroUSC Italia.
ISO SC/16 is developing international standards for the design and production of civil drones, but also for some applications, for related personnel (including but not limited to remote pilots), for operator companies and for operations, as well as for UAS Traffic Management (UTM).
ISO has well established certification mechanisms which perfectly match the proposed EASA rules for the specific category https://www.easa.europa.eu/document-library/opinions/opinion-012018 and the Specific Operations Risk Assessment (SORA) http://jarus-rpas.org/content/jar-doc-06-sora-package
The meeting has decided to launch the last round of consultation on ISO 21384-3 (Operations and operators) which may be promulgated in 2019.
In addition, the Plenary appointed Filippo Tomasello “liaison” with SC/17 (airports) since UAS operations in urban areas in fact require places from where to take-off and land.
John Walker, Chairman of SC/16 declared: “I am happy about the progress achieved in Tokyo and, knowing Filippo since several years, I am sure that he will contribute to future safe progress of drone operations in urban areas”.
Filippo Tomasello added: “I look forward to liaise between the two involved ISO Sub-Committees, since for the development of air taxi and last mile cargo we need landing areas in the urban environment, which will be treated differently from traditional airports”.
ISO has an extensive list of standards for UAS in its plans, including training organisations, flight control system, tethered drones, UTM, pilot schools etc…