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Aircraft Drone Manufacturers Are Being Released from Compulsory Licensing

08.08.2019
Source: Inform Bureau 20.35

According to the Aeronet Association, the double burden of licensing and certification for drones will cease to be a significant barrier to market development.

The Ministry of Industry and Trade of Russia proposes to eliminate the need for licensing the development, production, testing and repair of drones, the maximum take-off weight of which does not exceed 30 kg. The draft government decree prepared by the department was published on the federal portal of draft regulatory legal acts.

As noted in the message of the Aeronet association, which unites manufacturers of uncrewed aerial vehicles, in early 2019, the association prepared and sent to the Ministry of Industry and Trade its proposals on the exemption from licensing for developers and manufacturers of civil unmanned aerial systems. Judging by the announced draft regulatory acts, the proposals were taken into account by the developer, and the justifications provided by the Association were recognized as fair.

“We hope that after the changes come into force, the current legal uncertainty for developers and manufacturers of “light” unmanned aerial vehicles and the double burden of licensing certification for “heavy” ones will cease to be a significant barrier to the development of the unmanned aerial systems market,” the Aeronet association report says.

The draft government decree is currently undergoing public discussions. The planned date for its entry into force is March 2020.

"The Government Decree "On Amending the Regulation on the Licensing of the Development, Production, Testing, and Repair of Aviation Equipment" will reduce the burden on developers and manufacturers of uncrewed aerial vehicles by eliminating the need for licensing uncrewed civil aircraft, the maximum take-off weight of which does not exceed 30 kg. Optimisation of licensing procedures will be achieved, among other things, by introducing digital technologies," the document says.

The roadmap provides changes in terms of licensing, development, manufacture, testing and repair of unmanned aerial systems for improving legislation and removing administrative barriers in the Aeronet area of the National Technology Initiative.



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