November 11, 2009
At an International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Exploratory Meeting on Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) in Montreal recently, the International Council of Aircraft Owner and Pilot Associations (IAOPA) called for measures to make UAVs compatible with existing air traffic, ensuring equivalent or higher levels of safety.
"Integrating UAVs with manned aircraft creates significant risks that can only be mitigated by strict certification and operational standards designed to ensure safe operations," said Frank Hofmann, IAOPA representative to ICAO.
The meeting at ICAO headquarters brought together representatives of states, the UAV industry, and airspace users to discuss the role of ICAO in establishing standards and recommended practices for these new devices.
Major concerns raised by Hofmann at the meeting included the following:
IAOPA and a number of its affiliates have previously stated their concerns and made recommendations regarding UAV operations at both the international and state levels.
IAOPA represents the interests of AOPA affiliates in 64 countries of the world, comprising more than 470,000 GA and aerial work pilots and aircraft operators. The council was formed in 1962 to provide a voice for general aviation (GA) in world aviation forums. GA encompasses four-fifths of all civil aircraft and two-thirds of all pilots worldwide. For more information, visit www.iaopa.org.
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