China to Set Airworthiness Standards for Drones

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The Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) plans to launch a risk-based airworthiness management system for drones by the end of 2019.

In many countries, including the United States and China, there are no airworthiness requirements in place for small unmanned aerial vehicles/drones. More common are airworthiness requirements for manned aircraft, like planes and helicopters. Manned aircraft are required to have certain safety features, structural design features, performance equipment, maintenance records, etc. in order to be deemed worthy of flight.

Based on the CAAC’s recently released document, Guidance on UAV Airworthiness Certification based on Operational Risks, it appears some sectors of the drone industry are moving toward establishing airworthiness standards like that of manned aircraft.  Take a closer look at China's progress toward developing an airworthiness certification system for drones in our latest article: "China Plans to Launch Airworthiness Certification System for Drones by End of 2019."

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