EASA publishes final guidelines on drone noise levels
The European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has published its final guidelines explaining how UAS manufacturers and government agencies can measure the noise level of their drones, ensuring they are not a nuisance to people and wildlife.
The guidelines, aimed at providing harmonized procedures to measure the noise of drones used in the low and medium-risk operations of the ‘specific’ category, build on the initial public consultation phase which commenced in October 2022. They apply 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.
In addition to the final guidelines, EASA is also providing a template for a typical noise report that drone makers can use to submit noise data, as well as a self-explanatory spreadsheet assisting the noise adjustment procedures. You can download all this material here.