Our activities for our members

... and for the benefit of the entire professional UAS community:

  • Regular networking meetings (usually once a quarter) for exchange and up-to-date information among members.

  • Monthly newsletter and other up-to-date information mailings for the practical exchange of knowledge among each other

  • Ongoing exchange with the relevant national authorities (BMK, ACG/DCC etc.) as well as those of the EU (EC, EASA) in order to develop and present common positions of the Austrian UAS community.

  • Cooperation with other relevant stakeholders in Austria and beyond, e.g. at events

  • Expert statements to represent the professional UAS community, e.g. within the framework of official consultation procedures (e.g. JARUS, NPAs). 

  • Membership and participation in other relevant associations such as the EU umbrella organisation JEDA and UAV-DACH

  • Participation and presentations at national and international events of relevant authorities or associations in order to make our positions public.

  • Supporting services, information work, events, media work, homepage etc. - see also current information in our profile on LinkedIn

Networking competence: BMK Drone Conference 28. 11. 2022
AAD meeting with the Austrian UAS community - 14. 03. 2023 (Graz, Joanneum Research)
AAD meeting with the Austrian UAS community - 14. 03. 2023 (Graz, Joanneum Research)

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What we work on

As national drone association, we work in particular on issues relating to:

  • Development, including application-oriented Research and Testing

  • Production, including equipment-related certification issues

  • Operation, including flight-related certification issues

For us, the term "drone", which is most familiar from the media, encompasses the following in equal measure according to the ICAO definition:

  • UAV - Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (the actual drone)

  • UA - Unmanned Aircraft (synonymous with UAV)

  • UAS - Unmanned Aircraft System (the entire system, i.e. the drone including all additional systems such as ground control station, etc.)

  • RPAS - Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (synonymous with UAS)

Currently, we are dealing with the well-known long-running issues of the Austrian UAS community, especially:

  • Research issues such as innovative research topics and related national and EUropean research funding (TAKE OFF, HORIZION, etc.).

  • Current research issues such as BVLOS flights, AI in the drone sector, UAM, UTM & U-Space, Detect & Avoid, etc.

  • Practical issues regarding the approval and handling of complex requirements such as SORA and BVLOS in Austria, among others.

  • Supporting topics such as drone acceptance, privacy protection, differentiation from purely private use such as model flying, etc.

and in the area of regulations in particular:

  • EU drone regulations for the UAV certification (EU 2019/947 – EU 2019/945)

  • EU drone regulations on airspace management for drones (UTM) and U-Space (EU 2021/664+)

  • National implementation of EU drone regulations by BMK, ACG/DCC and other authorities (telecommunications authority, etc.).

  • In particular air traffic regulations (LFG, LVR 2014) and implementation of geo-zones, registration, etc.

  • Other relevant international regulations (ICAO, JARUS) and associated standards (ED, STAN, ASTM, etc.)

Would you like to be informed about our ongoing activities?
Austrian Association for Drones

Der österreichische Drohnenverband
Bauernmarkt 6/11, 1010 Vienna
Tel. +43 1 533 09 73
E-Mail info@aad.or.at

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