By Chris Stonor
The European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has awarded its first design verification certificate to Volocopter for its VC200-2, in a new scheme where drone manufacturers or operators “can request the Agency’s design verification for such a craft to be used for a particular purpose,” reports a press release. This opens the path for other operators intending to conduct drone operations in Europe.
The release explains, “A design verification report approves a drone for a particular type of usage, meaning that any European operator may apply to the national aviation authority for an operational authorisation in the specific category to conduct that activity with such drone, without the need for further additional verification from EASA. This process was outlined in EASA guidelines for the design verification of drones published on April 8th, 2021.”
Volocopter applied at the end of May for the design verification of its enhanced containment function for the VC200-2. With this certificate, the drone “can now be operated in a clearly delimited low-risk area, even if this zone is located close to an area where drone operations are at higher risk, such as a city or sports stadium.”
EASA Executive Director Patrick Ky said, “The short time needed to issue the design verification report demonstrates that EASA is able to develop flexible tools that are adapted to the risk of the drone operation and to the needs of the market.”
He continued, “In the medium term this will be a winning concept for our stakeholders as it is efficient for all parties. We expect to process a large number of applications for design verification in the coming months.”
The design verification reports issued will be published on the EASA website to enable operators who are intending to conduct drone operations in Europe to check the list and select an EASA-verified drone for their specific purpose.
Based in Cologne, the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) is the centrepiece of the European Union’s strategy for aviation safety. Its mission is to promote and achieve the highest common standards of safety and environmental protection in civil aviation.
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