On 3 November 2021 the Member States of the Sub Committee SC 16 (Unmanned Aircraft Systems – UAS) of ISO Technical Committee TC 20 (Aerospace) unanimously approved the Final Draft International Standard (FDIS) 21384-2 on UAS components.

This new standard is a technical specification which could complement the EASA Certification Specifications on UAS at the level of acceptable means of compliance. The same for the equivalent Certification Specifications issued by the Joint Authorities for Rulemaking on Unmanned Systems (JARUS). The document may also support the application of the ICAO standards on airworthiness of Remotely Pilots aircraft Systems (RPAS) in Annex 8 of the Chicago Convention.

John Walker, Chair of SC 16, declared: «ICAO Assembly Resolution A39-22 instructs to use as much as possible consensus-based standards developed by industry in the context of the performance-based regulation. In fact, the new 21384-2 perfectly fits into this context.»

Lance King, Project Leader for this standard, added: «It took me and the other colleagues several years to reach this point. I am very satisfied about this unanimous approval. But no relax. We still have a lot of work ahead of us in SC 16.»

Filippo Tomasello, Senior Partner of EuroUSC Italia, commented: «While European Norm EN 4709-001 covers unmanned aircraft below 25 kg, the ISO standards can be applied to drones of any mass. The commonality is that in both cases verification of conformity may be conducted by Notified Bodies, so alleviating the burden on aviation authorities all around the world.»

Lance King and his colleagues in SC 16 will now process the lastly received comments. The publication of the standard is expected in 2022/Q1.