Network of Drone Enthusiasts gives pilots a voice on new laws
The Network of Drone Enthusiasts (NODE), a new group dedicated to representing the interests of responsible drone pilots across Europe, is providing professional and recreational drone users a united voice to collaborate with local and regional legislators on developing consistent, reasonable and effective drone regulations that encourage the enjoyment and benefits of drones while protecting public safety.
Small unmanned aerial systems (UAS), commonly known as drones, are generating new opportunities around the world for business, government, nonprofit, educational and recreational use.
The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) was recently granted powers by the European Parliament and Member States to introduce a European set of rules, for how to operate UAS. This draft regulation is currently undergoing final negotiation at EU level but some countries are considering additional regulations that are inconsistent or impractical with EASA rules.
NODE is an international coalition of grassroots drone users and drone manufacturers advocating for fair and responsible drone regulations. Anyone who supports the advancement of UAS technology is invited to join NODE, giving them tools to respond to initiatives in their communities, work productively with lawmakers and participate in efforts to ensure the positive benefits of drones remain available to everyone who abides by current safety guidelines. NODE was first introduced in the United States and Canada last year and the community has engaged in local discussion actively.
Through the website, NODE members can bring drone proposals to the attention of UAS policy makers, who can provide guidance on explaining the benefits of drones and their admirable safety record to local and regional elected officials.
NODE’s website will monitor proposed drone regulations around Europe, making it easy for concerned pilots to get involved and tap into a larger pool of supporters to ensure they can work productively and effectively with their elected officials.
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