The following TMT practice note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Drones—timeline
  • Key developments

This timeline sets out key dates and information relating to the development of civilian drones including consultations, legislative changes and related guidance, reports and announcements.

For more information on drones, see:

  1. Drones—overview

  2. Practice Note: Drones—the legal framework

  3. Practice Note: Drones—privacy and data protection

Key developments

DateType of developmentSummary
30 April 2021LegislationAir Traffic Management and Unmanned Aircraft Act 2021 receives royal assent.
29 April 2021LegislationCommission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2021/664 on a regulatory framework for the U-space and Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2021/ 665 amending Implementing Regulation (EU) 2017/373 as regards requirements for providers of air traffic management/air navigation services and other air traffic management network functions in the U-space airspace designated in controlled airspace come into effect. Both enter into force 26 January 2023.
8 April 2021GuidanceEASA publishesguidelines for the design verification of drones operated in the ‘specific’ category, for drone operators and manufacturers.
8 March 2021GuidanceEASA publishes guidelines for the management of drone incidents at airports, addressing all aerodromes in the scope of the European Aviation System.
3 March 2021GuidanceEASA publishes leaflets covering the main safety points relating to drones in Classes 0–6 and highlighting the do’s and don’ts for drone operators and pilots.
28 January 2021LegislationThe Aviation Safety (Amendment) Regulations 2021, SI 2021/10 come into force, amongst other things, removing the minimum age requirement for remote pilots operating a UAS in the Open

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