EU drone regulation package
On 22 August 2018, Regulation (EU) 2018/1139 was published in the Official Journal of the European Union. This is generally known as the ‘new’ Basic Regulation as it replaced Regulation (EC) No. 216/2008 on common rules in the field of civil aviation. The new Basic Regulation came into force on 11 September 2018. It covers unmanned aircraft regardless of their operating mass. Therefore, the EU jurisdiction is now extended to all type of drones (either below or above 150kg operating mass). The scope of the new Basic Regulation is to establish common provisions applicable, among others, to the design, production, maintenance and operation of aircraft (including drones), as well as their engines, parts, non-installed equipment and equipment to control aircraft remotely, where the aircraft are: (i) registered in a member state; or (ii) registered in a third country and operated by an aircraft operator established in a member state; or (iii) unmanned aircraft neither registered in a member state nor in a third country and that are operated within the territory of the European Union.