Alter Technology, Spain
Mechanical Engineer in Renewable Energies & Energetic Efficiency, and M.Sc. in RPAS. Project Manager in ATN. She has solid experience as Technical Manager in Renewable Energies, and Construction Projects. Now she works developing and proposing projects related to the RPAS market and is also in charge of the linked services developed in the company. Collaborator in the Master Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (University of Huelva). Currently she is working in the AIRWATCH and HI-RISE projects and collaborates in digitalization & innovation activities, including test planning for on-board system based on satellite communications.
In the last years, the effort of the European Union (E.U) to integrate products belong to the drone sector has become a real challenge because of the quick growth of the offer and demand in this regard. The last regulatory proposal provided by EASA (European Aviation Safety Agency) in December 2017, ratified in the “Opinion 108-01” in the first months of 2018 and included in the last version of the Directive 1139/2018 published by the European Commission few months ago, considers necessary the CE Marking as the mandatory mean to assess and guarantee a safe introduction of drones and associated systems into the E.U. Market. In this concern, from Alter Technology, as expert assessors of conformity for different markets and sectors including aeronautics throughout fixing the CE Mark, we would like to share a conscientious analysis of the implication of this aspect of the future regulatory framework. In first place, the CE Marking procedure will be broken down: from how to identify the European Directives of application until the compilation of the technical dossier to affix the CE Mark. Relevant concepts and aspects will be clarified for a better understanding of its requirement in the new drones’ regulation. Thereupon, a complete analysis of the future regulatory requirements provided by the EASA’s proposal for the CE marking and subcategory label of aerial systems included in the open category will be accompanied by relevant and useful recommendations for different stakeholders, particularly for manufacturers, importers and distributors solving common questions about how to carry on this process, including the necessary tests (to affix the CE Mark and further important tests) for the most common and relevant operational scenarios (maritime surveillance, fire protection…) In addition, SORA methodology aspects for specific category operations will be also analysed including a use case to exemplify this assessment.