Officially known as Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS), drones in recent years have become a theme of discussion and even controversy for both the public and the general aviation industry.
As the international implementation of commercial drones steadily increases, so do the worries regarding potential risks of stepped-up drone activity. The number of incidents where drones fly too close to aircraft, distracting pilots and interfering with regular air traffic, is growing. With drones accessing the same air space in which commercial aircraft operate, security and safety concerns are also growing.
Small, non-military RPASs have found broad-range acceptance in a variety of civic and commercial situations. Whether they be used for package delivery by UPS and Amazon, or for highly technical applications like the inspection of aircraft and civic infrastructures – drones can make work easier and speed up business processes.
In Germany alone, there are currently about 400,000 drones – and the number is steadily rising. In order to prevent chaos in the sky, the country’s Federal Ministry of Transport have developed a set of security regulations to increase sky safety, which just took effect on April 7th 2017. Among other things, these new laws specify values like maximum operating altitude and define designated RPAS-restricted zones, requiring special licensing to pass. While these regulations protect regular aircraft from arbitrary drone danger, they also inhibit business from further developing drone activity commercially.
At the Aviation-Event on May 4th, Beverly Seebach of IATA will be joined by Dr. Andreas Jahnke of Lufthansa Aerial Services and Manfred Mohr, also of IATA, to discuss the risks, opportunities and future of drone traffic. Cargo drones are an up and coming commercial model to be reckoned with. Their impact on future freight trade is a further topic to be discussed at the Event.
More about Drones at Aviation-Event 2017 on May 4th:
HOT SEAT TALK: DRONES
Are cargo drones a serious business model or a visionary concept that will not really take off? How and where would drones change the freight business? What are risks (safety, security, regulation…)?
with Dr. Andreas Jahnke, Project Director and Investor, Lufthansa Aerial Services; Manfred Mohr, Assistant Director Safety and Flight Operations, Europe, IATA
Interviewer: Beverly Seebach, Cargo Manager Central Europe, IATA