The use of unmanned aircrafts, commonly known as drones, is developing at a fast pace worldwide. Drones are extremely versatile and capable of performing a wide variety of applications. However, applicable regulations are still lagging behind in technological progress and volume growth. The authors provide an in-depth study on prevailing drone law and policy in order to achieve a seamless integration of drone technology into the legal order of civil aviation. The drone market largely depends on the successful implementation of such a comprehensive international regulatory framework that will allow for safe, secure and environmentally friendly operations, while technologies must be mature enough to ensure full integration of drones into non-segregated airspace in the foreseeable future. Monitoring, evaluating and analysing drone operations is a continuous and systematic process, generating knowledge and best practices, also for streamlining such an all-encompassing regulatory framework.
Dr. Ronald Schnitker is a judicial expert in the field of aviation law and aviation accident investigation and is currently working as an aviation lawyer, specialising in General Aviation. He is the author of many articles and books in the field of aviation law and is examiner for Air Law & Operational Procedures (ATPL/PPL). Dick van het Kaar, LL.M., has worked in the aviation industry for more than 40 years. He started his flying career as a Royal Netherlands Air Force helicopter and jet fighter pilot and flight instructor. He has for many years been associated, as an external examiner, with the Aviation Academy of the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences.