European Drone Regulations Are About To Get Smarter And More Permissive
If European regulators have their way, drone operations in the European Union (EU) are going to become very permissive, far outpacing American regulations. The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), the EU’s authority for aviation safety, has released a regulatory framework that calls for new regulations to be proposed by December of this year.
In their proposed framework, the EASA has specifically focused on innovation, saying that regulations must “not simply [transpose] the system put in place for manned aviation” but rather must create “one that is proportionate, progressive, risk based and…[expresses] objectives that will be complemented by industry standards.”
GoPro CEO Talks Drones, Innovation And The Future At CES
Nick Woodman, the CEO and founder of GoPro discussed drones, innovation and the role of law and regulation before a receptive crowd last night at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. Woodman’s remarks took place at the Leaders in Technology dinner, hosted by the sponsor of CES, the Consumer Electronic Association.
Dressed in a t-shirt, Woodman asked an excited crowd if they would like to see GoPro manufacture a drone. His question was received with enthusiastic cheers, but he then declined to speak about GoPro’s specific plans for drones, joking “It’s so much better to tease you guys. I could string this along for five years.” But shortly after showing a video filmed with a GoPro mounted to a drone, Woodman began to open up about how he feels about drones and why he believes they are a big part of the entertainment and media future. “GoPro is good for drones and drones are good for GoPro. Look at what people are doing in 2015, just think about what they will be doing in 5 years.” Woodman said.