Unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), drones – there are many terms for this rapidly developing technology. While offering safety and security for aerodrome operators, there are risks associated with them that need to be considered and counteracted.
After clarifying the terms and definitions related to unmanned aviation we will focus on the constantly evolving EU legal framework. You will become familiar with EASA´s risk-based approach to regulating the operation of UAS and the UAS operation categories (Regulation (EU) 2019/947 and 2019/945). While the basic concept is valid for all drones, this training focuses on the civil use of UAS in the open and specific category.
Regulations (EU) 2021/664, 2021/665 and 2021/666 on U-Space lay down rules for the safe integration of manned and unmanned aviation. We will introduce U-Space services and discuss challenges related to U-Space such as electronic conspicuity or a common altitude reference system.
Small UAS may be used at aerodromes for several purposes such as surface inspection and security applications. We will discuss the authorizations needed to operate small UAS in the airport environment.
The Joint Authorities for Rulemaking on Unmanned Systems (JARUS) developed the Specific Operations Risks Assessment (SORA). SORA is a multi-stage analysis which assigns two risk classes - Air Risk Class (ARC) and Ground Risk Class (GRC) - and enables operators to determine a so-called Specific Assurance & Integrity Level (SAIL) of an intended operation of UAS. Based on the SAIL mitigation measures are defined to meet Operational Safety Objectives (OSO).
As any vehicle drones may be misused. You will learn about research on the vulnerability of manned aircraft to drone strikes. We will discuss how aerodrome operators can prepare themselves to successfully handle drone occurrences. The training will enable you to understand the strengths and weaknesses of different counter sUAS technologies and the need to tailor a system to your airport. To successfully handle drone occurrences many stakeholders need to cooperate. We will discuss available guidelines on drone occurrence management.
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airsight offers this training course on request, worldwide. At the end of the course, all participants will receive an airsight certificate based on EASA training regulations, which is highly recognized throughout the aviation industry.
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