As efforts to integrate unmanned aircraft into civil airspace intensify, industry pundits are eying legal and safety challenges that could be posed by the introduction of autonomous technology into commercial air transport.
The European engineering and maintenance community seems to be particularly concerned about the increasing amount of regulatory requirements with which an organization has to comply regardless of its size. This is especially true for small MRO organizations; as evidence, some are closing because they are spending half of their time documenting compliance.
In an industry as dynamic and as driven by technological innovation as aviation, it is only natural to witness an evolution of the regulatory framework. Europe, of course, is not immune and, even if most of the recent regulatory efforts have been in the field of flight operations, the maintenance and engineering component of the aviation business also has had to adapt to a set of regulatory changes.
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