Regulatory, Safety

Airbus to Establish Urban UAS Safety Standards with Singapore, Europe

By Amy Kluber | July 12, 2018

Photo by Sylvain Ramadier, courtesy of Airbus Helicopters

Photo by Sylvain Ramadier, courtesy of Airbus Helicopters

Airbus and the aviation authorities of Singapore and Europe will develop safety standards and regulatory requirements for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) in urban environments.

Representatives from Airbus, the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) and EASA this week signed the Project Document, which establishes a framework for the standards based on Airbus' experience with its Skyways project. The initiative aims to share information from the UAS trials and organize educational activities for the public.

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"Unmanned aircraft systems in urban environments will shape the future of public transport," said EASA Executive Director Patrick Ky.

Airbus launched Skyways with CAAS in February 2016 to develop an urban unmanned air system for air delivery in urban cities. It aims to develop an urban unmanned air system to address the safety, efficiency and sustainability of the air delivery business in cities such as Singapore.

Airbus also plans this year to fly an unmanned demonstrator of its CityAirbus, a multi-passenger aircraft that would transport people over large, congested cities.

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