European Aviation Safety Agency — Rulemaking Directorate

Notice of Proposed Amendment 2014-09

Transposition of Amendment 43 to Annex 2 to the Chicago Convention on remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS) into common rules of the air
RMT.0148 (ATM.001(a)) — 3.4.2014




NPA 2012-10 already proposed the subject transposition. More than 200 adverse comments were received. Hence, the Agency organised a ‘focussed consultation’, whose outcome was a significantly revised resulting text of the proposed rules and, therefore, the need to withdraw NPA 2012-10 and publishing instead this second NPA on the same matter.

Stakeholders were informed on this line to be taken through CRD 2012-10 of 18 November 2013 and did not react adversely.

The purpose of this second NPA on the subject is still to propose the alignment of the European common rules of the air (SERA) with Amendment 43 to Annex 2 to the Chicago Convention, in
relation to RPAS and in line with Article 2.2(d) of Regulation (EC) No 216/2008.

This NPA also implements Article 4(a) and 4(b) of Regulation (EC) No 551/2004 on the organisation and use of the airspace in the single European sky. In other words, the proposed
rules have a double legal basis and propose:

  • rules of the air applicable to RPAS of any mass, when flown under General Air Traffic (GAT) rules;
  • nothing related to airworthiness, lincensing of remote pilots and operations of RPAS outside the scope of Regulation (EC) No 216/2008 (e.g. below 150 kg).|