MUNICH/BERLIN Bavaria's Vice Minister of Economic Affairs Franz Josef Pschierer today opened the “Civil Unmanned Flight” user forum, which brings together key stakeholders from politics and business. “Bavaria is a pioneer of unmanned flight, without which the future of aviation is unimaginable. As a high-tech location, the state is ideally equipped to use the economic potential of this technology to add value. Through the user forum, we are paving the way for the future of unmanned flight here in Bavaria,” said Pschierer.
Brigitte Zypries, Parliamentary Undersecretary to the Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy, agreed with this view. “Unmanned aviation systems will be a vital economic factor in civil aviation. As an innovative and high-performing aviation location, Germany plans to seize the opportunity to play an active role in shaping the future of flight. As well as technological excellence and business initiative, this will take a legal framework that enables these unmanned applications while also guaranteeing the safety of civil aviation.”
Bernhard Gerwert, President of the German Aerospace Industries Association: “Unmanned aviation systems are the fastest and strongest growing segment of our industry worldwide. They are at the heart of the military technology of the future and also have a far-reaching spectrum of civilian uses. We are delighted that the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy and the Bavarian Ministry of Economic Affairs and Media, Energy and Technology are actively picking up this pioneering development. We now need to work with the industry to coordinate an approach in order to drive forward the creation of the regulatory framework conditions at a national and international level.”
The stakeholders all agreed on the extremely dynamic environment in the various fields of application in this area, from agriculture to disaster relief. “The range of uses of unmanned aviation systems is almost infinite. Bavaria plans to build on its leading position here. With its extensive mountainous regions, for example, the state is predestined to play a leading role in Germany in driving forward mountain search and rescue even under poor weather conditions.”
The Bavarian state government has defined clear milestones for the future development of the sector in its Aviation Strategy 2030. This has already seen its first success, with the opening of the test centre for unmanned flight in Mattsies, Swabia. Pschierer: “The next step is to define the necessary framework conditions and technical standards for unmanned flight. We have started on this journey today.” It is also important for Germany to represent its interests clearly in the decisive European and international committees here, he said.