Unmanned Aircraft Aviation Safety

Focus on UAS flight safety

To ensure the free traffic of UAVs and a fair competition within the European Union, EASA has developed common European guidelines.

These directives, which are to be implemented in the EU member states in the near future, contain regulations for the operation and production of Unmanned Aircraft Systems based on a risk assessment. In a sense, they represent a balance between the obligations of drone manufacturers and operators in terms of safety, privacy, environmental and noise protection. The primary objective of these regulations is to increase overall safety.

As a manufacturer and operator of unmanned aerial systems, we are taking these new regulations into account by starting to implement the corresponding measures in planning, procurement, production and quality management long before the end of the transition period.

Potential drone applications in the context of industrial security, monitoring and research

It is obvious that when drones are used in the commercial security sector or as part of a company's guard and security service, the same legal framework applies as for other commercial users of UAVs. This significantly restricts the use of UAVs in the field of commercial security, monitoring and research compared to official or military use. Due to the necessity of an authorisation for aircraft operation, the basic requirement for visual flight and the ban on night flights as well as the restrictions on automated flights, currently many companies and security service providers still do not use UAVs in the security sector. 

However, we see this as a fundamental fault, as it means that legally possible areas of use for UAVs are being rejected across the board. Despite the current framework conditions, UAVs can be used in many cases for surveillance, detection or monitoring tasks in commercial and industrial security as well as for inspection and research in industry, even under the restrictions described above.

In certain situations, a permanently stationary flight with our Teathered Kite75 may also be reasonable. Here the drone can be used for monitoring, documentation or similar purposes over a long period of time or continuously. Here too, partial or full automation of the flight is possible, in which the controller can intervene immediately in a pre-programmed climb and hover flight in case of danger or changes and override the program.

If you, as an operator of an airborne platform, have questions about the legal situation or the risk assessment of a drone mission, we will be happy to advise you.