Matthijs van Miltenburg is a member of European Parliament for the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE). He is a member of the Transport Committee and the ALDE shadow rapporteur on the revision of the EASA basic regulation and former ALDE shadow rapporteur on the Parliaments own initiative report on the safe use of RPAS in the field of civil aviation.
The Commission has adopted an aviation package containing a proposal for revision of EASA’s Basic Regulation so that all drones would thereafter be within the competence of EU regulation. Currently, EASA has the mandate to regulate RPAS when used in civil applications and with an operating mass of more than 150 kg. EU Member States and the national civil aviation authorities regulate civil RPAS with an operating mass of 150 kg or less, as well as model aircraft. Therefore, the European Commission asked EASA to develop a new European regulatory framework for RPAS operations and proposals for rules on low-risk RPAS operations. It proposes to regulate all RPAS at EU level and to adopt different rules based on their operations and risks. At present the European Parliament, and the Council, are discussing the proposal of the European Commission.