Remarks of CANSO Director General, Jeff Poole, at the Unmanned Systems Europe Conference 2015

3 March 2015

Speaking at at the Unmanned Systems Europe Conference 2015 in Brussels, Belgium, CANSO Director General, Jeff Poole, said remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS) are a game changer, a disruptive technology, an exciting opportunity to change the way people, businesses and State organisations do things. They are here to stay and will grow. Like all disruptive technologies, the air traffic management (ATM) industry is facing something new; something it is not used to; and it has to rethink some of its traditional approaches to air traffic management. He said the ATM industry would not be thanked if it was seen as a barrier to technological progress but we need to balance this against safety requirements.

We therefore need to ensure that the increase in RPAS does not compromise safety in any way. To manage this we need to understand the characteristics of drones and what further research is needed. As part of Vision 2020, CANSO’s strategic framework for the ATM industry, CANSO is focused on the impact of RPAS on air traffic management and ANSPs. It is playing an active role in the ICAO Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems Panel (RPASP) on standards and regulations; as well as developing generic ATC training materials and position papers on key RPAS issues.





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