Spain bans drones
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On Monday, 7th of April, Spain’s State Agency for Aerial Safety (AESA), has banned commercial use of unmanned aerial vehicles across the whole country.
AESA issued a document “with the aim of avoiding misunderstandings and possible incidents”that states: “The use of aircraft piloted by remote control with commercial or professional ends is not permitted, and never has been…”
Tasks that are mentioned in the document (aerial filming, surveillance, fire extinction etc.) require authorisation by AESA. But here is the catch-22: AESA cannot issue said authorizations because there is no legal basis to do so.
The decision directly undermines projects such is Atlas Experimental Flight Centre dedicated exclusively for experimental flights with unmanned aerial vehicles.
How long it will take for Spain’s authorities to develop new regulation for drones and their commercial uses, remains to be seen.