Sign Up to Say NO to the Unrealistic EU Noise Restriction for Drones (This petition is closed)

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Soon Europe will have uniform rules for drones in all Member States thanks to the recently adopted ‘European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) Basic Regulation’. Based on the key principles, the EU Commission, EASA and the Member States will further define the details in Delegated Regulation and Implementing Regulation.

However, the drone community is endangered by a proposed noise limitation for C1 and C2 classes of drones, which means all drones below 4kg used for operations over or close to people. The new rule would impose that “Class C1 and C2 UAS of unmanned aircraft systems shall have a sound power level not exceeding [80-90] dB(A) determined in full power and stationary conditions using the basic noise emission standard EN ISO 3744:2010”.

Why does it matter to you?

Almost all drones on the market currently, which belong to class C1 and C2, do not meet the targets that the European Commission is aiming to set. If this goes through unnoticed, your drones will most likely not comply with the regulations and soon you will not be allowed to fly unless you sit a theoretical test at a test center and even after that be limited to fly further away from people. Just imagine the impact this can have on leisure use as well as conducting business!

What is the problem?

This new requirement is being proposed without any technical explanation nor scientific evidence, and the potential impact for the industry has never been properly assessed. To take a concrete example, the use of the ISO 3744:2010 is completely irrelevant considering that this standard is designed for stationary machines and does not fit with how drones are being used.

What are we asking for?

We urge the European Commission to reconsider the thresholds, the transition period and the methodology used to justify the proposed noise requirement so that it does not discourage the use of drones. Meanwhile, we propose that the EU Commission to make the latest draft Delegated and Implementing Acts available for public feedback.

Act Now!

Join the campaign and express your concerns about the planned drone regulation. Let policy makers know that responsible drone users are raising their voice in favour of realistic rules.

The numbers that are proposed by European institutions are arbitrary and completely out of touch with reality. If reducing the noise emitted by drones is necessary, the limitation should be based on scientific evidence and not on subjective assumptions.

The timeline for the implementation is unrealistic and will not allow manufacturers to adapt their drones so that drone operators can take full advantage of the new rules for operations over and close to uninvolved people. A transition period of at least 4 years must be implemented so that manufacturers can develop compliant drones.

The proposed ISO standard is non-representative for the assessment of exposure to drone noise. It was designed for stationary machines and takes into account representative operating conditions. However, it does not take into account the operational conditions in which pilots use their drones. Indeed, a drone will never be fixed to the ground and is used in outdoor conditions, where other elements such as environmental noise are always present.

According to the proposed ISO standard, the noise testing protocol measures the noise from a close distance to the source (drones): microphones are at 1m distance in the latest public draft of Delegated Act. When taking into account the state of technology in the market today, a noise limit of 80-90 Db(A) set at such close distance should not define the essential environmental requirement on noise emission of drones.

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