June 2021's Quick Summary of Drone Regulations: Other Countries

June 24, 2021 by Yves Morier

In this drone regulations update industry expert Yves Morier provides a summary of significant developments in rulemaking or related to rulemaking affecting the drone industry in the following countries: Africa, Australia, Canada, India, Indonesia, Israel, Japan, Korea, Latin America, Pakistan, New Zealand and the United Arab Emirates.

Yves Morier has 40+ years of experience working in the aviation industry and is a well-renowned expert in safety, airworthiness, UAS, and regulations.

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OTHER COUNTRIES:

1. Africa

AFRICAN DRONE REGULATIONS: HOW EASY IS IT TO OPERATE IN THE AFRICAN MARKET? – Source DroneLife

YMO: the article highlights that 33% of African Countries have Drone regulations, another 25% have guidance but the rest have nothing at all. There are not yet harmonised drone regulations in Africa. It describes in more details the South African regulations. The article is based on a podcast where the participants agreed that the SORA would be a good tool in the African context.

2. Australia:

AUSTRALIAN DRONE REGULATIONS NEAT POLICY – Source DroneLife

YMO: The article highlight the National Emerging Aviation Technologies (NEAT) policy and present an overview of the Australian regulations.

AUSTRALIA SEEKS COMMENTS ON DRAFT STANDARDS RELATING TO COMMON BEYOND LINE-OF-SIGHT APPLICATIONS – Source Unmanned airspace
YMO: consultation on a set of 7 standard scenarios

YMO: the draft Standard Scenarios may be found at:

Draft guidance for RPAS BVLOS operations

3. Canada

TRANSPORT CANADA PUBLISHES FIVE-YEAR STRATEGY FOR SAFE INTEGRATION OF DRONE OPERATIONS INTO CANADIAN SKIES – Source Unmanned airspace

The strategy envisages 5 priorities.

  • Support innovation through safety regulators
  • Managing drone traffic.
  • Understanding and Addressing drones security risks.
  • Supporting economic growth
  • Increase public trust in drone

CANADIAN DRONE INDUSTRY TAKING OFF – Source DroneLife

A thorough overview of Transport Canada present regulations and plans. The article addresses BVLOS operations, night operations, operations over people, complex operations, traffic management.
It also indicates that there are plans for allowing low risk BVLOS operations without authorizations (looks like a standard scenario).

CANADAC: NEW CANADIAN DRONE ADVISORY COMMITTEE, CREATED – Source DroneDJ
YMO: the article describe the scope, mandate, and participants in the CanaDAC (Canada Drone Advisory Council). FAA is participating.

4. India

INDIA: CENTRE NOTIFIES UNMANNED AIRCRAFT SYSTEM RULES, 2021- Source Live Law
YMO: the article outline the scope of the rule, the categories of UAS (airplane, rotorcraft, hybrid); the conditions to be an owner or an economic actor(age, citizenship), their applicability( to India registered UAS wherever they are, to owners or economic actors in India, all UAS overflying or located in India).
The official gazette is available only in Hindi.

INDIA’S NEW DRONE LAWS "MANDATE REAL-TIME TRACKING BUT BAN CARGO DELIVERIES" – Source Unmanned airspace
According to the article, the law will be very constraining. It mandates for example 16 elements that must be installed on drones.
The article contain a description of the key elements of the law.

5. Indonesia:

INDONESIA AUTHORIZES FIRST NIGHT-TIME PERMIT FOR DRONE OPERATIONS – Source Terra Drone

Its is an exemption based on a safety assessment to the existing rule.

6. Israel:

NEW DRAFT RULES "WILL OPEN UP DRONE MARKET IN ISRAEL FOR MORE COMPLEX OPERATIONS" – Source Unmanned airspace

On December 28, 2020, the Ministry of Communications published a draft of the Wireless Telegraph Regulations which will effectively create a process for permitting the manufacture, import and outdoor use of drones using the 5.8GHz frequency that was prohibited up to now. The Regulations intends to create new opportunities for the drone industry and to facilitate the import advanced wireless devices.

7. Japan

JAPAN AVIATION LAW REVISED TO ALLOW BVLOS FLIGHTS- Source JUIDA
YMO: for BVLOS flights of category 4, the drone and the pilot skills must be certified.
The Japanese Transport Safety Board requires to report drone accidents where people were injured, or property was damaged or when a collision with an aircraft occurred.

8. Korea

KOREA PUBLISHES NEW URBAN AIR MOBILITY ROADMAP – Source Unmanned airspace

YMO: The roadmap is in 3 phases:

  • 2025-2029: achieve a range of 100km.
  • 2030-2034: double that range
  • 2035 and after: achieve 300km/h.

In 2035, 50 Vertiports and 200 routes are envisaged.

9. Latin America

DRONE REGULATIONS IN LATIN AMERICA – Source DroneLife

Each countries have their own rules but there are common factors such as a maximum height of 400ft. The Colombian Rules are described in more details. They include 3 categories: open (recreational), regulated (comparable to FAR 107) and certified. Remote identification and UTM are not yet there. A conference (Ibero-American Drone Conference) has been created to serve as a knowledge platform.

10. New Zealand

NEW ZEALAND INVITES FEEDBACK ON NEW DRONE REGULATORY REGIME TO ENABLE SAFE INTEGRATION OF DRONES – Source Unmanned airspace

Present consultation in on rules update, basic pilot qualification, registration, and remote identification. Consultation documents may be found at:

Enabling Drone Integration

11. Pakistan

PAKISTAN: PM IMRAN KHAN APPROVES ESTABLISHMENT OF CIVIL DRONE AUTHORITY – Source Unmanned airspace
YMO: The Authority will oversee the regulating and monitoring of the drone Industry. The article briefly describes the authority.

12. United Arab Emirates

UAE LEADING THE WORLD INTO THE ‘SCI-FI ZONE’ – Source Arabian Aerospace

The article mentions that the UAE’s General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) has issued a framework of rules to govern urban air mobility (UAM).

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About the author

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Yves Morier

Yves Morier graduated from the French Civil Aviation Academy (ENAC) as an Air Transport Engineer in 1978.
After Military Service, Yves joined in 1979 a DGAC (French CAA) local office in Normandy and in 1986 a Central Office in Paris where he worked on airworthiness codes and implemented the safety research program.
In 1991, Yves joined the Joint Aviation Authorities as Regulation Director.
In 2004, he joined EASA where he occupied various posts as head of the department and in the last three years as Principal Advisor for new technologies.
He retired in 2019.
Areas of expertise: Safety, Airworthiness, UAS, and Regulations.
Yves is currently married, and has 3 daughters, and a grandson.

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