AW-Drones (Airworthiness of mass-market drones) is a project aiming to support the on-going EU regulatory process for the definition of technical rules, standards and procedures for civilian drones. This will enable safe, environmentally sound and reliable operations in the EU.
The upcoming new EASA Regulation will identify three categories of UAS operation (Open, Specific, Certified), with an increasing level of risk. AW Drones will focus mainly on the first two categories as they represent the majority of mass-market applications, applying to them the following standards:
- Command, Control and Communication
- Design & Airworthiness
- Detect & Avoid
- UAS Traffic Management
The association of the above appropriate technical standards to the EU regulatory framework will be carried on through four fundamental steps:
- Collection of information about standard being developed by Standard Making Bodies worldwide (e.g. Eurocae, ISO etc.);
- Perform a critical assessment of the collected data;
- Propose and validate a “well-reasoned” set of technical standards for each category of operation;
- Gather feedback from relevant stakeholders about AW-Drones findings through surveys and periodic workshops.
EuroUSC Italia will provide a key contribution to the project, given its large experience in the assessment of regulatory compliance for UAS operations and its knowledge of rules, procedures and technical standards.
In addition, its members are actively involved in several working groups for the development of standards for drone operations (such as WG 105 Eurocae and ISO TC/20 SC/16) and are active participants in JARUS WG 2 and WG 6.
- Deep Blue Srl
- Ethniko Kentro Erevnas Kai Technologikis Anaptyxis
- Stichting Nationaal Lucht- En Ruimtevaartlaboratorium
- DJI Europe B.V.
- Deutsches Zentrum Fuer Luft – Und Raumfahrt Ev
- Flight Safety Foundation- Mediterranean
- Eurousc-Italia Srl
- Ortelio Ltd
- Technische Universiteit Delft
- Israel Aerospace Industries Ltd
- Blyenburgh & Co.