07 Nov UN Aviation Arm Seeks to Establish Global Drone Guidelines
The International Civil Aviation Organization, the UN aviation arm, will solicit ideas for potential global operating standards on drones at a first-of-its-kind symposium. As unmanned aircraft technology is outpacing most government regulations, the agency is considering novel ways to establish oversight.
The group is expected to include representatives from prominent corporations and industry researchers from various countries. A significant chunk of airspace in Europe already prohibits drones and Canada recently urged citizens to report drone activity. The Federal Aviation Administration is likely to maintain current restrictions in the United States until final regulations can be established.
ICAO, compromised of 191 member states, hopes to aid nation states in simplifying and accelerating industry-government cooperation to adopt common guidelines across borders.