Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS)

EUROCONTROL is one of the main contributors to the European Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) roadmap. This roadmap presents a harmonised approach to the safe integration of RPAS technology into non-segregated airspace.

The basic principles are:

  • RPAS should be as safe as manned aviation;
  • RPAS operations should not exclude other airspace users;
  • RPAS should be transparent to ATC and to other airspace users;
  • most importantly, RPAS must adapt to ATM and to existing regulations.

In order to achieve the goals set out in the roadmap, three annexes were included to address these aspects:

  • The Regulatory Approach
  • A Strategic Research Plan
  • A Study on the Societal Impact.

EUROCONTROL is intensely involved in the ICAO RPAS Panel, which has replaced the UASSG (Unmanned Aircraft Systems Study Group). We have been tasked with undertaking specific studies and developing provisions to facilitate the safe, secure and efficient integration of RPAS into non-segregated airspace and aerodromes, while ensuring that the safety levels for manned aviation are maintained or even improved.

EUROCONTROL is leading two working groups:

  • ATM;
  • C2 data link.

EUROCONTROL is also a member of the Joint Authorities for Rulemaking on Unmanned Systems (JARUS) and is currently developing recommendations for:

  • RPAS Operations in Visual Line-of-Sight (VLOS) and beyond (BVLOS);
  • Safety for airworthiness of RPAS (1309) and airworthiness processes;
  • Certification specifications for light Unmanned Rotorcraft Systems;
  • Guidance on RPAS C2 Link Required Communication Performance;
  • Civil RPAS operators and training organisations
  • Licensing and competencies for personnel involved in the operation of RPAS (JARUS-FCL);
  • A Safety Concept of Operations.


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