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EUSCG is happy to announce the publication of the fifth version of the Rolling Development Plan (RDP). It is the result of a consolidated effort of all its members. The benefit of the RDP is well known to the UAS community as it provides a general overview of all major standardisation activities to cover UAS domain. For the organisations doing business in Europe the biggest advantage is that the standards from the RDP are mapped to the regulatory framework which allows a better understanding of the overall UAS landscape.

With 12 meetings organised overall, the EUSCG proved to be a very important forum to ensure a harmonised approach to seek integration of UAS both at regulatory and operational levels in the existing aviation framework but also with a focus to streamline the UAS standardisation activities.

 

EUSCG approves a new version of the UAS Rolling Development Plan

7 February 2020, Brussels

The 11th EUSCG meeting was hosted by EASA in Brussels. 

EUSCG members reviewed and approved the changes to the previous version of the RDP, updating in particular the regulatory side to reflect the recently approved EU regulation on drones.

The participants emphasised the importance of further and more close collaboration and uniting the effort to serve the UAS community in an effective and efficient way.

The RDP v4.0 is available in the RDP section of the website.

The RDP reflects the current and planned UAS standardisation activities and places them into the context of regulatory and other activities at European and international level.

The RDP will be progressively updated and maintained to reflect the current situation. It will also provide a method for the identification and discussion of overlaps, and as a basis for feedback to contributing organisations, to improve overall coordination of standards developments. The process should also identify the technical input from other sources into the standards plan.

The 6th EUSCG meeting took place 28 September 2018 in Brussels being hosted by ASTM International. One of the most important outcomes of the meeting was the approval of the 2nd edition of the RDP and the decision to complement the RDP with EASA standards needs to support Specific Operations Risk Assessment (SORA). As a consequence, the participating SDOs agreed to assess the EASA inputs and check if there is already something available and then to decide what are the gaps and who is filling those needs.

To fulfil one of its objectives to bridge the European activities to those at international level, EUSCG members have provided their inputs to the Standardization Roadmap for Unmanned Aircraft Systems which is developed by the US counterpart - ANSI Unmanned Aircraft Systems Standardization Collaborative (UASSC). The sharing of information between these 2 initiatives will bring additional value to the UAS community by helping to avoid overlaps and streamline the available resources.

The next meeting of the EUSCG is planned for 13th December 2018 in Brussels.

The rolling development plan (RDP) provides an overview of current and planned standardisation and regulatory activities and will be progressively updated to reflect the current situation. It is also a method for the identification and discussion of overlaps, and a basis for feedback to contributing organisations, to improve overall coordination of standards developments. It has proven to be a very valuable tool in these respects.