Guidance on drone incidents near airports published by EASA
EASA’s new guidance addresses unauthorised drone usage in the vicinity of airports, including by accident, with deliberate intent to disrupt, and criminal or terrorist motivation.
The European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has published guidance to help aviation operators and national authorities manage drone incidents near airports, which is a response to a number of recent events which have disrupted Europe’s air traffic at considerable expense to aviation operators, bringing inconvenience for passengers and posing a potential safety threat.
EASA’s ‘Drone Incident Management at Aerodromes’ manual addresses unauthorised drone usage in the vicinity of airports. Such incidents may occur by accident – for example, when individuals are simply not aware of the problems that their actions may create – or due to individuals acting with deliberate intent to disrupt, such as activists. At the extreme, the actions may have criminal or terrorist motivation.