Aerial exhibitions and events with UAS/drones

    Operations with UAS carried out in the field of an air demonstration are subject to compliance with Implementing Regulation (EU) 2019/947, applicable from 31 December 2020. That regulation shall:

    • It makes no distinction between professional and recreational users, so it is also mandatory for users of UAS who carry out sporting, recreational, competition and exhibition activities.
    • It lays down detailed provisions for the use of unmanned aircraft systems, as well as for personnel, including remote pilots, and organisations participating in such operations based on three operational categories depending on the risk of the operation: ‘open’, ‘specific’ and ‘certified’.
    • It provides that:
      • UAS operations in the framework of model aeroplane clubs and associations may continue to take place without authorisation until 1 January 2023.
      • Authorisations granted to UAS operators and prior communications submitted by them, issued on the basis of Royal Decree 1036/2017 until 31 December 2020, shall remain valid until 1 January 2022.

    ‘NO EASA’ demonstration flights are exempted from this Regulation; understood as customs, police, search and rescue, fire-fighting, border control, coastal surveillance or the like.

    In addition, Royal Decree 1919/2009 of 11 December 2009 regulating aeronautical safety in civil air demonstrations applies to any demonstration publicly announced and open to the general public or with restricted access.

    The provisions on public safety or restrictions on UAS flight due to the place of operation referred to in Royal Decree 1036/2017, as well as the air rules applicable to the UAS of Royal Decree 1180/2018 implementing the Air Regulation, will continue to apply to operations with UAS.

    For any questions about these questions, you can contact AESA via the following email address:

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