CAAS, EASA and Airbus to develop safety standards and regulatory requirements for UAS in urban environments



The Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS), the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and Airbus have announced that they will work together on the development of safety standards and regulatory requirements for UAS in urban environments.

“This tripartite partnership is timely as we seek to better define the operating conditions for the growing number of beneficial uses of UAS in urban environments such as Singapore, with aviation and public safety in mind,” says Kevin Shum, Director-General at CAAS.

“We look forward to working closely with our partners and sharing our experience gained thus far in developing regulatory requirements for UAS operations in Singapore.”

Representatives from CAAS, EASA and Airbus recently signed the tripartite Project Document, which lays out the areas of collaboration.

The Project Document establishes a “framework for the exchange of information and technical expertise” among the three entities, to “facilitate the development of safety standards and regulatory requirements, as well as operational and technological assessments for the deployment of UAS in urban environments,” such as last-mile deliveries, utilizing Airbus’ experience with the ongoing Skyways project.

“Today, our Skyways UAS has demonstrated its ability to deliver air packages in an urban city,” comments Jean-Brice Dumont, Executive Vice President, Engineering at Airbus. “With the strong support of both CAAS and EASA, coupled with our experiences from Skyways, we are confident that safe and reliable urban air delivery will become a reality very soon.”

CAAS, EASA and Airbus will also share safety information and learning outcomes from the urban UAS trials, and they have also agreed to jointly organize UAS-themed activities such as educational workshops and seminars. 

“Unmanned Aircraft Systems used in urban environments will shape the future of public transport,” says Patrick Ky, Executive Director at EASA.

“We could not find better partners than CAAS and Airbus to develop safety standards for this growing and fascinating technological development.”

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