Manna Aero gets EASA nod to self-authorize drone operations across EU

It’s a historic day for the European drone industry. Ireland-based Manna Aero has become the first-ever operator to receive the much-coveted “light UAS operator certificate” (LUC) that would allow the drone delivery startup to self-authorize operations across the European Union.

Interestingly, Manna is also the first company to approach the Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) for an LUC after successfully trialing drone delivery services in rural Ireland. And the aviation regulator has ensured that Manna’s operational capabilities meet all the new safety and security standards set by the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) at the start of this year.

Acknowledging that drone services are an important part of the green technology mix in Europe and provide a competitive alternative to traditional service delivery, Ireland’s State Aviation Regulator, Diarmuid Ó Conghaile, congratulates Manna on their success by saying:

The light UAS operator certificate is a…