Subjectively about the first 12 days from the introduction of new common European regulations

Because it cannot be called an evolution, we used to say that revolution took place in the European drone sky on December 31st 2020. 12 days since the entry of new regulations, we would like to share with you our subjective view of the situation. We’ll try to answer following questions: How the new regulations were adopted in Poland? How did CAA deal with the implementation? What role PansaUTM took in this revolution? What are the conclusions? Is it time to sum up? I invite you to read this short article about achievements.

Looking at the last two weeks from the point of view of the drone world, the picture is still crystallising. Every day we all adjust the lenses for tired and uncertain eyes of understanding. Among dozens of pages of legal regulations, guesses and own interpretations, there are behaviours and practices that are finally become understandable and replicable. It is important that this image becomes viewable to everyone, in the proportion attached to each risk.

Applause for the Polish CAA

During the first 12 days, nearly 34,000 operators registered in the Polish registry of UAS Operators (ULC). Bravo! The IT system, though with a slight hiccup, but coped with the massive attack on registration. At the same time, nearly 6,000 people have passed the Online qualification exam for A1 / A3.

PansaUTM control the situation

We cannot imagine 947/945 implementation without the PansaUTM, or it probably wouldn't have happened so smoothly. PANSA has prepared the initial version of geographical zones with descriptions and graphics. The PansaUTM certificate handling module turned out to be indispensable when handling flight plans in accordance with the guidelines of 947 and 945. Operators and drone pilots attach their certificates and certificates, thanks to which the process of issuing permits for flights is compliant with applicable regulations and effective from the user's point of view.

The Droneradar application

From the very beginning, the most important for us are our users and ensuring that with our application they are able to comply with the aviation and drone regulations. At midnight on December 31st , 2020, we successfully launched the latest Droneradar app adapted to the new realities in the App Store and Google Play. We have added categories (Open, Specific and Certified) in it. We have added subcategories to the Open category, integrated with the signaling unit (three colors) informing about the possibility of performing the flight. To make it easier to understand, we have also prepared iconography, by setting to ourselves goal so that it could be understood without words. I think we've succeeded.

For the Specific category, we have added subcategories resulting from the possibility of flight, i.e. LUC, consent CAA authority, model clubs and support for standard scenarios, both European STS and National, NSTS.

We have modified the airspaces known from aviation for the needs of geographical spaces within the meaning of 947 in agreement with PANSA.

Since the new law came into force, over 60,000 users have downloaded and / or updated the 947/945 update. This shows how many people should still register.

Subjectively about the process

In a word, its new regulations boiled social media. People divided into two groups: those, who managed, to get Operator ID and pass the online exams, and those others who vetoed everything they could. Fortunately, the first group turned out to be more numerous. So, what did people have the most trouble with?

  1. Number one on the list is understanding the differences between Pilot and Operator
  2. Understanding the maximum flight altitude of 120m AGL (famous EASA picture)
  3. Wonder why achieving subcategory A2 takes more work (exam in training center) than A3
  4. Lack of class-assigned drones (this is situation will last longer than we think).
  5. The problem with the "loose" interpretation of the transition period
  6. Imposing on the ANSP to comply with the new regulations
  7. Correct understanding and interpretation of the rules of flying in military airspaces (seeing this it was already before that EASA had omitted the topic of agreement with the military side).

We think, it's too early to summarise. But we promise to keep a close eye on what is happening. We are glad that many who have so far flew in the so-called the grey area came out of the shadows. May there be as many as possible ...

That's it for now. In about two weeks, we'll tell you what the situation is.

Safe flights!