EASA explains how drone noise levels should be measured
The European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has published guidelines explaining how UAS manufacturers and government agencies can measure the noise level of drones, ensuring they are not a nuisance to people and wildlife.
These guidelines are first-of-their-kind in the world and are applicable to a wide variety of drone platforms — such as multicopters, fixed-wing aircraft, helicopters, and powered-lift aircraft — as long as their weight is below 600 kg.
It’s important to highlight though that the drone noise measurement method proposed by EASA is completely voluntary and not a part of the official requirements for drone certification. Nonetheless, they can prove extremely useful to those working in the “specific” category under the new European drone regulations, which includes activities such as package deliveries, powerline inspections, bird control, mapping services, aerial surveillance, and roof inspections.
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