UAVs, otherwise known as unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones, open up a very wide range of safety and legal issues that modern governments have not previously had to face. By placing the means of flight into the hands of virtually anyone, large numbers of safety, legal and privacy issues are opened up.
In the European Union, the SESAR Roadmap for 2020 (SESAR stands for Single European Sky Air Traffic Management Research Programme) will oversee some of these areas. Other international organisations, such as the United States' Federal Aviation Administration and the United Kingdom's Civil Aviation Authority are also investigating this arena.
From a legal standpoint, there are many new issues that are raised by the use of drones and whilst coordination or harmonisation of the coming rules may not be strictly necessary, it would make a great deal of sense for international drone laws to be standardised.
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