New possibilities for micro and mini unmanned air systems

It is a clear trend going at different paces in different countries. The proliferation of micro and mini unmanned air systems (UAS) is resulting in more flexibility as far as the safety regulations of their operation are concerned.

Israeli companies that manufacture micro and mini UAS have been negotiating with the Israeli Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) in an effort to ease the restrictions. The pressure is changing things and one example is the inclination of the CAA to change the definition of a mini UAS from one that weighs 15kg (33lb) to one that weighs 30kg.

But, according to the manufacturers, this is not enough and they are demanding additional changes. These, they say, will help them in the development  process and, more importantly, to offer the micro and mini UAS for a longer list of civil applications.

The Israeli manufacturers claim that potential clients look at the regulations in Israel as their baseline. They say this is especially true in developing countries that are discovering the advantages of micro and mini UAS.

Last year the CAA prepared a package of operational requirements aimed at increasing the safety of UAS flying in the limited Israeli airspace. The regulations deal with where the different systems are allowed to fly and the level and certification of the operator at the ground station.

The manufacturers have invested large sums of money in adapting the manufacture and operational procedures to the new regulations, which are strictly applied by a special department of the CAA.

But, as I mentioned, the trend is towards a greater flexibility that will allow the Israeli manufacturers to meet the fast-growing demand for micro and mini UAS.


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