New Royal Decree and future draft of RPAS drones

During these days, the Government of Spain has approved a Royal Decree, RD 26/2020, which establishes a series of measures to promote the air transport sector.

On July 7, 2020, the new RD 26/2020 modifies Law 48/1960 on Air Navigation, adapting the concept of unmanned aircraft (drones or RPAS) to that of the European Union regulations, regulations 945 and 947, to include not only remotely piloted aircraft but also autonomously operated aircraft.

The new regulation also adjusts the administrative intervention of operations with drones to the scenarios foreseen in the community regulations and provides flexibility to the Government to establish the insurance regime for activities.

At the same time, the State Aviation Safety Agency is in the phase of defining the route map for the implementation of the new European regulations in Spain, which includes the presentation of the draft of the future Royal Decree that will make the European regulations applicable, the Delegated Regulation 945 and the Implementing Regulation 947.

In a tweet published on July 14 ( AESA announces a Meeting of the RPAS Advisory Commission with representatives from across the sector to discuss the challenges of future and the definition of the aforementioned road map.

We will have to pay attention this summer to how the new regulations on drones evolve after the delay in the entry into force of European regulations until 2021.

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