In late December, the so called legislative Trilogue, made up of the Council, the Parliament and the Commission reached agreement on a revision of the EU’s aviation safety law including agreeing rules on the use of drones. Now that the three EU institutions have reached agreement the deal will have to be formally adopted by the Parliament and the Council before become law. This is expected to happen in the first months of 2018.

Aviation safety rules include rules on aerodromes, air traffic management, air crew and flight time rules, air worthiness and environmental certification, standardisation of inspections, third country operators and safety management. The new rules update many of the provisions which date from between 2002 and 2009.

The new rules will allow the EU to regulation the use of drones up to 150 metres including the regulation of drones and drone operators including geo-fencing and e-identification. The rules are expected to be defined by 2019.