Airbus, CAAS and EASA collaborate on new UAS safety project

Airbus is collaborating with the civil aviation authority of Singapore (CAAS) and the European aviation safety agency (EASA) to develop new safety standards for unmanned aircraft in urban environments.

The three organisations will work together to develop new safety standards and regulatory requirements for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) in cities, including Singapore.

Mr Kevin Shum, director-general at CAAS said: “This tripartite partnership is timely as we seek to better define the operating conditions for the growing number of beneficial uses of UAS in urban environments such as Singapore, with aviation and public safety in mind.

“We look forward to working closely with our partners and sharing our experience gained thus far in developing regulatory requirements for UAS operations in Singapore.”

This partnership will play a large part in Airbus’s own Skyways project, which looks to establish multi-modal transportation networks across cities, including an air infrastructure for automated parcel delivery services.

Jean-Brice Dumont, executive vice president, engineering at Airbus said: “Airbus has been growing our focus on autonomous air mobility, and this tripartite collaboration is a positive move to shape up the safety regulations of UAS in city environments, turning urban air mobility into a business reality for us.

“Today, our Skyways UAS has demonstrated its ability to deliver air packages in an urban city. With the strong support of both CAAS and EASA, coupled with our experiences from Skyways, we are confident that safe and reliable urban air delivery will become a reality very soon.”