The European Commission published their “Drone Strategy 2.0 for a Smart and Sustainable Unmanned Aircraft Eco-System in Europe” on Nov. 29. This new strategy sets out the framework and key actions in the European Union to support the development of unmanned aircraft and their integration into the European airspace, as well as the deployment of piloted electric urban and regional air mobility operations in and around European cities, municipalities and regions.
The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) and several of their member companies were members of the European Commission’s Drone Leaders Group, which published its final report in April this year. The report served as basis for the development of the Drone Strategy 2.0, including its 2030 vision for Unmanned Aviation and Innovative Air Mobility (IAM) in Europe.
“The latest strategy rightly highlights the important growing market for both cargo and passenger-carrying urban and regional air mobility (UAM) operations as a key enabler for the sustainable mobility of citizens and goods in the European Union. Several of the flagship actions highlighted in the strategy align with GAMA’s goals for the UAM sector, namely airspace integration; risk-based and performance-based regulations for both certification and operations; development of vertiports for operations; workforce and skills development; and engagement with local authorities to support their implementation in Member States. GAMA will continue to work closely with the European Commission, EASA and Member States to make the strategy’s vison for 2030 a reality for EU citizens and businesses – Drones and IAM will become a part of the future urban and regional multimodal intelligent mobility ecosystem and the ground and air infrastructures enabling these transport services will be widely deployed and integrated,“ said Kyle Martin, GAMA Vice President of European Affairs.
For more information about the Drone Strategy 2.0 for a Smart and Sustainable Unmanned Aircraft Eco-System in Europe, visit ec.europa.eu/commission/presscorner/detail/en/ip_22_7076.
This press release was prepared and distributed by the General Aviation Manufacturers Association.