We had the chance to sit down again with Maria Algar Ruiz, Drones Programme Manager at EASA during Amsterdam Drone Week 2023. During the interview, she spoke about the need to harmonise civilian and military drone certification efforts because of how fast their political importance has grown over time.
During the interview, she also talked about the opportunity that harmonisation brings, so military drone manufacturers don’t need to undergo certification by each individual military authority, but could instead get something similar to the type certificate that civilian drones are able to obtain in order to operate across multiple European member states.
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From 2016 - to 2019, Eszter successfully led the GSMA Drone Interest Group, growing it from 10 mobile operator members to nearly 40 finding solutions to leverage cellular connectivity in the aviation environment.
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