Posted on: 18 April 2016 by Mark Howells
The European Regions Airline Association (ERA) has responded to the reported incident of a drone/remotely piloted aircraft (RPAs) crashing into a British Airways Airbus A320 on 17 April over Heathrow Airport.
RPAs weighing less than 150 kg are currently regulated by some states, while those above that weight are regulated by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). However, the ERA still believes rapid increase in the RPAS market for recreational purposes are a significant hazard to commercial aircraft and helicopters.
The Association’s director general, Simon McNamara, explained, “This latest incident illustrates the need for swift action to protect Europe’s passengers, crews and residents through better regulation of European airspace with regards to drones. Worryingly, only some EU member states have regulations for the flying of smaller RPAs in place. With a dramatic increase in the use and commercialisation of RPAs, European aviation needs to act now to harmonise standards and rules across the region as this latest incident clearly shows.”