During Amsterdam Drone Week 2023, we got the chance to sit down and interview EASA’s Drones Programme Manager Maria Algar Ruiz. During the interview, Maria gave us some exclusive insights into the thought process behind the implementation of new U-space airspaces from EASA’s perspective and what we can do as an industry to begin to come together to make wide-scale U-space airspaces a reality in the near future (along with what challenges we’ll need to overcome).
Maria also shared that EASA's workshop at Amsterdam Drone Week, titled "Lessons learned of initial U-Space airspace designations and first SSP & single CISP certification projects" brought together industry stakeholders to enable the drone industry ecosystem to share their experiences with what’s working and not working to empower the co-creation of future regulations.
She also hinted that new initiatives, workshops and webinars for upcoming regulations would soon be launched. These would help tackle the challenges our young industry is facing like the upcoming rapid digitisation, which will impact the creation of new U-spaces.
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