Drone Incident Management at Aerodromes was published on March 8th, 2021, by the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). This manual addresses unauthorized drone flights in the vicinity of airports.
The purpose of this manual is to assist European aerodrome operators, air navigation service providers (ANSPs), and air operators in their endeavors to address and minimize unauthorized drone activities. The manual primarily focuses on operators of aerodromes that fall within the scope of the EASA Basic Regulation. These include aerodromes that are accessible to the public, cater to commercial air transport, possess a paved instrument runway measuring at least 800 meters, or exclusively cater to helicopters utilizing instrument approach or departure procedures.
This manual promotes adopting a risk-based approach to address the issue of unauthorized drones, utilizing the Safety Management System (SMS) framework. It recommends that aerodrome operators thoroughly analyze the extent of the problem within their vicinity. Based on their unique risk profile, considering factors such as exposure (traffic volume and frequency of unauthorized drone incidents in the area), aerodrome operators are expected to implement proactive and reactive procedures and measures to safeguard the aerodrome from such incidents.
Publication Date: March 2021
Drone Incident Management at Aerodromes contains the following major sections:
- Introduction and context
- The challenge posed to civil aviation by drones
- EASA’s Counter-UAS Action Plan
- Audience and scope of the guidelines and recommendations
- Categories of drone incident offenders
- Regulatory context
- Overview of the results of the Counter-UAS Obj. 2 Task Force
- Working methods and contributors
- Limited distribution part 2 and part 3 of the manual
- Applicable regulations and standards
- Glossary and abbreviations
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Author: European Union Aviation Safety Agency
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