Drone Alliance Europe Adds New Member, Releases Policy Reports

Posted by Betsy Lillian on June 13, 2016 No Comments
Categories : Policy & Regulations

Drone Alliance Europe (DAE), which advocates for Europe’s commercial drone industry, has welcomed a new member company and released two new white papers.

Gatewing, a Belgium-based Trimble company focused on drone terrain mapping and surveying, joins existing DAE members Altitude Angel, Amazon Prime Air, Delft Aerial Robotics, ParaZero and Unifly.

“As a pioneer in drone mapping technology, we recognize the importance of a safe, flexible and a future-proof drone regulation in Europe,” comments Peter Cosyn, Gatewing’s co-founder and director of research and development. “Gatewing strongly supports the work of the alliance to help regulators reach this goal.”

“Gatewing joins the alliance at the crucial time,” adds DAE Executive Director Andrew Charlton. “Right now, the European institutions are focused on drone policy. We need smart rules that allow beyond line-of-sight and autonomous operations and cutting-edge testing across Europe. Gatewing brings their deep experience in operations and manufacturing that will propel this work forward. Together, we will build the future.”

DAE has also announced the release of white papers on traffic management and spectrum for drones. According to the alliance, both provide policymakers a framework to ensure the long-term growth of Europe’s drone industry. The European Parliament and the Council of the European Union are considering amendments to the European Commission’s proposed revision of the EASA Basic Regulation. DAE says the new rules could enable a common approach to drone traffic management, geofencing, and other components essential to Europe’s leadership in the global drone industry.

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