UAV DACH, Germany
Michael Wieland graduated as electrical engineer and has worked as a consultant for more than 20 years. After business school he focused on applying state-of-the-art technologies in emerging industries and managed operations in private equity firms. He holds a private pilot license and has founded a start-up to provide preparatory information for remote pilots. Since 2018, he manages UAV DACH – Unmanned Aviation Association. Representing the association’s 200 members, Michael participates in the German Drone Advisory Council, DIN, ASD-STAN and JARUS SCB WG12 (at-large); he also lectures on safe commercial unmanned aviation operations and moderates conferences.
The European Commission and EASA are finalizing the European drone market regulation. However, the Basic Regulation and upcoming rules will build a framework only. Many details are not clearly defined yet but will be necessary for cross-border and BVLOS flight operations. Currently, Drone Councils, ANSPs, DIN, ASD-STAN, and others are hurrying to finalize their work before EASA rules become effective. UAV DACH is a proponent of transparent, easy and quick procedures for cross-border operations, where each operator shall receive his flight permission from a single CAA, in the language of the country of registration, within an acceptable period of time, while the regulations in the flight operation area shall be coordinated bilaterally between the relevant CAAs. The goal is to simplify European-wide flights for operators, although most flights should not need any permissions at all. In order to harmonize the various national approaches and to build a strong voice for European operators, close cooperation & coordination between the member states is urgently required.