The Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS), EASA and Airbus signed a tripartite agreement July 12 to collaborate on the development of safety standards and regulatory requirements for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in urban environments.

Known as the Project Document, it lays out a framework for the smooth exchange of information and technical expertise and to facilitate the development of safety standards and regulatory requirements, as well as operational and technological assessments for the deployment of UAVs in urban environments.

Singapore is developing an autonomous last mile parcel delivery with Airbus Helicopters known as Skyways, which is currently undergoing trials around the campus buildings of National University of Singapore. Airbus recently signed a deal with Wilhelmsen Ships Service this June for a shore-to-ship delivery trial phase that will begin in the third quarter this year.

“Airbus has been growing our focus on autonomous air mobility, and this tripartite collaboration is a positive move to shape up the safety regulations of UAS [unmanned aerial systems] in city environments, turning urban air mobility into a business reality for us,” Airbus EVP-engineering Jean-Brice Dumont said.

“With the strong support of both CAAS and EASA, coupled with our experiences from Skyways, we are confident that safe and reliable urban air delivery will become a reality very soon.”

The highly urbanized city-state of Singapore is also seeing an increasing growth in privately owned UAV and the government has established an unmanned aircraft regulatory framework in 2015 to deter unauthorized flying in the vicinity of the island’s five airports and airbases and plans are underway to enhance that law.

Chen Chuanren, chuanren@purplelightvisuals.com