On Friday 26th February, ISO has released the first edition of the new standard ISO 23665:2021. This standard defines the procedures for training personnel who will be involved in the operation of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). In this first edition, Remote Pilots (RP) of drones in Visual Line-of-Sight (VLOS) and related Training Organisations (TOs) are included.

In particular, the document specifies:

  1. knowledge, skill, attitude and qualification criteria for UAS pilots and related training organizations which intend to provide training for all personnel involved in UAS operations;
  2. training pre-requisites and contents for the learning courses;
  3. qualification and requirements for the training organizations;
  4. general procedures for all personnel involved in UAS operations.

Even if practical training of RPs in the “Open” category is not mandatory on the basis of EU Regulation 2019/947, nevertheless, TOs and professional operators might be more credible on the market if ISO certified.

EuroUSC Italia has contributed to this document with the involvement of Costantino Senatore (Flight Test & Operations Manager). Indeed, the standard is already considered in the UAS-RPC course at JAA-TO, developed by EuroUSC Italia.

On December 2020, the Final Draft of ISO 23665 had obtained 13 positive votes out of 13, hence, with the official publication, it now becomes applicable worldwide, including in States which might have on UAS fewer comprehensive regulations than in the EU.

The Sub-Committee SC / 16 of ISO TC / 20 is already developing the second edition, probably including:

  1. “Semi-regulated” professions like the BVLOS remote pilots in the Specific category, whose competency requirements are set by the Regulation 2019/947of the Commission, but which don’t require a licence issued by aviation authorities.
  2. “Non-regulated” professions as the “observer(s)”, whose syllabus must therefore be developed by the employer. In this case, of course, an international standard would facilitate the development of the syllabus.


For more information visit https://www.iso.org/standard/76592.html