As UAS technology and regulation evolve, more missions get added to the list of drone applications. Among the earliest to be identified were the missions related to the electric industry (e.g. power line surveillance, windmill inspection). Last month (February), the Oak Ridge National Laboratory released a 168p survey entitled: « An Early Survey of Best Practices for the Use of Small UAS by the Electric Utility Industry ».
Drones regulation is quickly evolving with a notable increase in complexity as more mission types appear, technology advances and public acceptability evolves. Complying with the regulation is complexe enough in a single country, and it gets even more complex for cross-border missions.
The EASA recently released some results from the « Drone Collision » task force. The goal of this study was to assess the potential risk to aircraft posed by drones of different sizes flying at different levels.
After the « Introduction of a regulatory framework for the operation of drones », the EASA is now proposing a complete prototype regulation for unmanned aircraft operation (all categories, all altitudes).