REMOTELY PILOTED AIRCRAFT SYSTEMS

 

Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) are creating a new industry with large economic potential. Over the past years, the civil RPAS sector has experienced significant and exponential growth, with a strong impact on traditional aviation systems and topics. It is within this context that ECAC Member States are being challenged with the safe, secure and efficient integration of RPAS into environments shared by a highly regulated and well-established, manned aircraft industry.

ECAC's Focal Point for RPAS is Raúl Medina Caballero, Director General for Civil Aviation, Spain.

 

Lead responsibility for RPAS within the ECAC Secretariat lies with the Air Transport Officer, Mara Keller

 

RPAS is considered to have become a strategic sector, with transversal implications affecting several industries. ECAC has assumed, within its goals, the promotion and harmonised development of the RPAS future in Europe at a strategic level. ECAC's work in this area focuses on exchanging high-level views on possible developments to cope with current and future challenges in the field of RPAS, which evolve dynamically.

At the same time, ECAC supports the sharing of experiences and national policies and practices on RPAS among its Member States and other strategic international key partners such as China, India, Israel and the United States.

The ECAC work programme in the field of RPAS for the period 2019-2021 is the following:

Objective: To promote strategic debates with Member States on the future of RPAS.

  • Ensure, at Director General level, high-level exchanges of views on possible developments to cope with current and future challenges in the field of RPAS.

Objective: To support the sharing of experiences and national policies and practices on RPAS among ECAC Member States.

  • Organise strategic discussions with the objective of sharing national experiences.
  • Establish and maintain contacts with key partners such as China, Israel and the United States to exchange information on RPAS experiences.
  • Establish and maintain a web platform to exchange data and information on RPAS among Member States (notably list of contacts in each State, national practices, national experience, engagement practices with the RPAS communities, national strategic plans on RPAS, communication policies).

For more information on the "Update on the proposed schedule for the RPAS 2019-2021 work programme", the presentation by the Focal Point for RPAS, Mr Raúl Medina Caballero (Coordinating Committee, 27 March 2019) is available here (restricted access) using the appropriate log in and password.