EASA Update "Standard Scenarios Class Specific"

Commission implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/639 of 12 May 2020

amending Implementing Regulation (EU) 2019/947 as regards standard scenarios for operations executed in or beyond the visual line of sight

(Text with EEA relevance)

THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION

Having regard to the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union,

Having regard to Regulation (EU) 2018/1139 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 4 July 2018 on common rules in the field of civil aviation and establishing a European Union Aviation Safety Agency, and amending Regulations (EC) No 2111/2005, (EC) No 1008/2008, (EU) No 996/2010, (EU) No 376/2014 and Directives 2014/30/EU and 2014/53/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council, and repealing Regulations (EC) No 216/2008 and (EC) No 552/2004 of the European Parliament and of the Council and Council Regulation (EEC) No 3922/91(1), and in particular Article 57 thereof,

Whereas:

  • (1) Pursuant to Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2019/947(2), an unmanned aircraft system (‘UAS’) must comply with operational limitations set out in operational authorisations or in a standard scenario, established by that Regulation.
  • (2) On the basis of the experience of Member States, the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) developed two standard scenarios for the operations.
  • (3) Standard scenario 1 (‘STS-01’) covers operations executed in visual line of sight (‘VLOS’), at a maximum height of 120 m over a controlled ground area in a populated environment using a CE class C5 UAS.
  • (4) Standard scenario 2 (‘STS-02’) covers operations that could be conducted beyond visual line of sight (‘BVLOS’), with the unmanned aircraft at a distance of not more than 2 km from the remote pilot with the presence of airspace observers, at a maximum height of 120 m over a controlled ground area in a sparsely populated environment, and using a CE class C6 UAS.
  • (5) Implementing Regulation (EU) 2019/947 should therefore be amended to include those standard scenarios.
  • (6) Where the probability of encountering manned aircraft is not low, Member States may establish geographical zones in such areas to prevent UAS operators from conducting operations under standard scenarios.
  • (7) A requirement for a minimum overall mark attesting that remote pilots have successfully completed the theoretical knowledge examination should be introduced.
  • (8)In order to improve the conspicuity of the unmanned aircraft flown at night, and in particular, to allow a person on the ground to easily distinguish the unmanned aircraft from a manned aircraft, a green flashing light should be activated on the unmanned aircraft.
  • (9) Well defined rules should apply to practical skill training and assessment of remote pilots operating under a standard scenario. That training and assessment should be provided by an entity recognised by the competent authority or by an UAS operator in compliance with requirements laid down in this Regulation.
  • (10) In case of cross-border operations or operations outside the Member State of registration by a holder of a light UAS operator certificate (LUC), the Member State of operation should receive information regarding the location or locations of the intended operation.
  • (11) EASA prepared draft implementing rules and submitted them with Opinion No 05/2019(3) pursuant to points (b) and (c) of Article 75(2) and with Article 76(1) of Regulation (EU) 2018/1139.
  • (12) The measures provided for in this Regulation are in accordance with the opinion of the committee established in accordance with Article 127 of Regulation (EU) 2018/1139,

(1)OJ L 212, 22.8.2018, p. 1. 
(2)Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2019/947 of 24 May 2019 on the rules and procedures for the operation of unmanned aircraft (OJ L 152, 11.6.2019, p. 45).

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