Brussels, Belgium

6-7 December 2016

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The European Civil RPAS Operators’ Forum

An international conference for the RPAS operators community focusing on the implementation of the European RPAS Roadmap, and on issues that are of particular importance to RPAS operators, e.g. national regulatory matters, insurance, privacy & data protection, civil RPAS operational matters, current & future applications [commercial, non-commercial (corporate, governmental non-military)], current bottlenecks, technical and performance requirements, aerial work customer requirements, novel operations, operational experience & lessons learned.

Panel discussions will permit active interaction between the speakers and the audience. The presentations and panel topics will broaden the awareness of current and potential RPAS operators, their current & potential customers, regulatory authorities & manufacturers.

The objective of the RPAS CivOps conference is to:

  • Increase awareness relative to currently on-going civil RPAS operations [commercial & non-commercial (corporate, research, governmental non-military)];
  • Give current civil RPAS operators the possibility to state their case;
  • Contribute to identifying the civil RPAS community to itself;
  • Highlight the diversity of current & potential civil RPAS applications and present business case examples;
  • Disseminate information on the currently on-going civil RPAS-related regulatory activities in various fields (including “product safety”);
  • Permit potential customers of RPAS flight services to express their requirements;
  • Create a forum for current and future civil RPAS operators, and the representatives of the organizations that are involved in preparing the future for civil RPAS operations, to interact;
  • Present novel civil RPAS applications;
  • Discuss critical issues such as responsibility, liability, insurance, privacy & data protection;
  • Promote interaction with the decision makers in Brussels.

The RPAS CivOps conference brings together representatives of the following communities and organizations:

  • Current civil RPAS operators [commercial & non-commercial (corporate; research, governmental non-military)];
  • Organizations currently involved in preparing the future regulations for civil RPAS on a national & European level (incl. European Commission, EASA, SESAR JU, EUROCONTROL, JARUS, and various standards organizations);
  • National Aviation Authorities ;
  • National data protection agencies ;
  • Insurance companies (underwriters & brokers);
  • National associations involved with RPAS;
  • National working groups involved with RPAS;
  • Current & potential customers of RPAS flight services;
  • Flight training schools;
  • Manufacturers of civil RPAS (all aircraft types of all sizes);
  • Manufacturers of sub-systems for RPAS (including imagery & non-imagery sensors).


This conference is organized within the context of the ICAO RPAS Manual, Riga Declaration, the RPAS content in the EC’s “Aviation Strategy”, EASA’s “Technical Opinion, EC’s Drone-Rules.EU project, SESAR’s Outlook Study, various national strategies and the increasing importance of the advisory role that JARUS stands to play.
With dedicated splinter meetings, RPAS 2016 will focus attention on Safety Rules for Test Ranges, Remote Pilot Training & Flight School Qualification, and RPAS-related insurance.


Royal Military Academy
8 Hobbema Straat
BE-1000 Brussels
Nearest metro stations: Merode & Schumann

Qualified delegates from all acceptable (UN & EU guidelines) countries can register. Admittance to the conference and the exhibition is only possible for registered delegates.

12.00 noon (Paris time) on 2 December 2016


The speakers at this conference include representatives of the European Commission, European Commission agencies, NATO, national government authorities, and various companies & organizations from Austria, Belgium, Czech Rep., Finland, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Netherlands, Spain, UK, United States of America.

The plenary conference & the splinter meetings will broaden the awareness of current & future RPAS operators [commercial, non-commercial (incl. corporate), governmental non-military], their potential customers, current & future manufacturers (RPAS & sub-systems), regulatory authorities, test ranges, standards organizations, flight schools, insurers, risk managers, legal experts.


Each day will feature a welcome coffee/tea, a morning & afternoon refreshment break. On both days lunch (not included in the conference fee) will be served in the Royal Military Academy’s cafeteria. The first day will be concluded by a conference cocktail. These refreshment breaks, lunches & cocktail will offer exceptional networking opportunities.



Plenary Session 1
Time 09.00 – 10.05

European Legislation on Civil Drones
Matthijs van Miltenburg – European Parliament, European Union

Development of the Future European Rules on Unmanned Aircraft
Koen de Vos – European Commission, DG Mobility & Transport (MOVE)

Jean-Pierre Lentz – European Commission, DG Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship & SMEs (GROWTH)
Antonio Marchetto – European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA)

The RPAS Outlook Study
Alain Siebert – Single European Sky ATM Research Joint Undertaking (JU), European Union

Plenary Session 2
Time 11.00 – 12.00

ATM Concept of Operations
Mike Lissone – EUROCONTROL, International

JARUS State of Play
Mike Lissone – Joint Authorities for Rulemaking on Unmanned Systems (JARUS), International

Multilateral Coordination of RPAS-related Activities
Jan Molema – BENELUX General Secretariat

Update of the Activities of the French Civil Drone Council
Carine Donzel-Figier – Direction Générale de l’Aviation Civile (DGAC), France
(On behalf of the French Civil Drone Council)

10.05 – 10.20      Panel Discussion
10.20 – 11.00      Break

12.00 – 12.15      Panel Discussion
12.15 – 13.30      Lunch


Splinter Session 1
Time 13.30 – 14.45

State of RPAS-related Research in Germany
Prof. Dr. Ing. Uwe Meinberg – BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg, Germany

DHL Parcelcopter – Experiences, Technologies, Vision
Andreas Bicking – Deutsche Post DHL Group, Germany

Harmonized RPAS pilot training and licensing – A common European approach for mutual recognition
Christian Janke – European Aviation Safety Center, Germany

Railway Inspection Project Using RPAS
Yves Degroote – AirRobot, Germany

Using RPAS to Protect Lives
Philipp Strauch – Multirotor Service Drone, Germany

Splinter Session 2
Time 13.30 – 14.45

The Dutch National Fieldlab Drones: A joint and coordinated approach to facilitating experimental testing of drones
Nico Nijenhuis – Field Lab, The Netherlands

Views of a National Regulator
Cees van Sprundel – Min. of Infrastructure & Environment, Netherlands

RPAS Test Ranges in Weeze
Frits Müller – UAS Solutions, Germany

RPAS Test Ranges in Twente
Roel van der Wal – Space53, The Netherlands

Training & Qualifying RPAS Pilots
Ludo Guisson – Syntra Limburg, Belgium

Splinter Session 3
Time 13.30 – 14.45

Detection & Mitigation of Cyber Attacks
John Pyrgies – Royal Military Academy, Belgium

Trust in UAS Operations to Safeguard Citizens
Jacques Kruse Brandao – NXP Semiconductors, Germany

UAS : Pilots & Human Factors
Dale Richards – Coventry University, UK

EUROCAE Working Group 105 (UAS)
Alexander Engel – EUROCAE, France

Aviation Law & Standardisation in Germany
Frank Fuchs – Frank Fuchs Consulting, Germany

14.45 – 15.00      Panel Discussions
15.00 – 16.00      Break


Splinter Session 4
Time 16.00 – 17.15

Qualifying Flight Schools
André Clot – EuroUSC, UK

UA Pilot Training : The French Approach
Bertrand Huron – DGAC DSAC, France

GA-ASI’s UAS Training Academy
Dr Jonny King – General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, UK

Would you fly with an untrained pilot ?
Sander Starreveld – Drone Flight Academy, The Netherlands

Minimum Requirements for Pilots
Jan Hesselbarth – Caballero & Hesselbarth, Germany

Splinter Session 5
Time 16.00 – 17.15

RPAS Operator Qualification – Industry View
Mark Sickling – Cyberhawk Innovations, UK

Inherently Harmless RPAS
Tom Lund – ProxDynamics, Norway

Drones Becoming Robots
Ali Nosrati – Aerobotica, The Netherlands

The « Blood Drone »
Anja Ellis – Agaplesion FDK, Germany

The Potential Use of Drones in Locust Early Warning & Preventive Control
Keith Cressman – FAO (UN), International

Splinter Session 6
Time 16.00 – 17.15

The New German RPAS Regulation
Oliver Heinrich – BHO Legal, Germany (DroneRules Consortium)

Civil RPAS Operations in Spain 
Manuel Onate – AERPAS, Spain

Recent Controversial Developments in Australian Very Small Drone Regulation
Joseph Wheeler – Internat. Aerospace Law & Policy Group, Australia

A National Strategy for UAS
Michael Larsen – UAS Denmark, Denmark

Update on RPAS-relateds Data Protection and Privacy Issues
Anna Donovan – Trilateral Research, UK (DroneRules Consortium)

17.15 – 17.30      Panel Discussions
17.30 – 19.00      Drinks in the RMA Bar


Splinter Session 7 
Time 09.00 – 10.00

Introduction to GUTMA & Its Activities
Marc Kegelaers (UniFly, Belgium) & Christian Struwe (DJI, China)
Global UTM Association (GUTMA), Switzerland

UTM Infrastructure & Connected Society
Mirel Pehadzic –  Nokia, Germany

DFS Perspective on UTM
Ralf Heidger – DFS, Germany

The SkyOpener Project
Gontran Reboud – ViaSat, Switzerland (SkyOpener Consortium)

Splinter Session 8
Time 09.00 – 10.00

RPAS for Harbor Security Purposes
Anne-Marie Haute – Pilgrim Technology, France

RPAS-related Insurance – The Impact of the Prototype Regulation
Jean Fournier – Global Aerospace, France (DroneRules Consortium)

Use of RPAS for Operational Support in Sea-ice Affected Areas
Geir Wiik – NORUT, Norway

Enabling Drones in Logistics with the Help of Intelligent Mounting Parts
Philipp Wrycza – Fraunhofer Inst. Material & Logistics, Germany

Splinter Session 9
Time 09.00 – 10.00

Italy’s Machiavellian Scenario : Going from 106 Flight Schools to only 7
Olivier Fontaine – SAPRITALIA, Italy

The Italian RPAS Regulation & Training Centre
Col. Giovanni Salvodelli Pedrocchi – ENAC, Italy

Training & Qualifying RPAS Pilots
Reinhardt Wagemakers – In2Sky, Belgium

Implementing European RPAS Learning Objectives in a Curriculum
Rob De Roo – Katholike Hogeschool VIVES, Belgium

10.00 – 10.15      Panel Discussions
10.15 – 11.00      Break


Splinter Session 10 
Time 11.00 – 12.00

Why Test Ranges are Required – A User’s Perspective
Anne-Marie Haute – Pilgrim Technology, France

DronePort : UAS Test Range & Business Centre
Peter Dedrij – DronePort, Belgium

Why Universities Need Test Centres for RPAS & Aerial Robots
Gerrit Folkertsma – University of Twente, The Netherlands

Final Results of RPAS ATM Integration Demonstration (RAID)
Jason Gauci – University of Malta, Malta

Splinter Session 11 
Time 11.00 – 12.00

Update on the Current National Situation
Rob van Nieuwland – DARPAS, The Netherlands

Structuring National RPAS Activities
Mark Vanlook – EUKA, Belgium

The Spanish Regulatory Situation
José Maria Ramirez Ciriza – AESA, Spain

Solutions to Regulate & Manage Drone Flying Before the Advent of a Standardized UTM
Luc Haeberlé – Colibrex, Germany

Splinter Session 12
Time 11.00 – 12.00

Stimulating Business, Safety & Effective Compliance – Mitigating Risks with Knowledge
Dan Richard Isdahl-Eng – UAS Norway, Norway

RPAS Operations in Controlled Airspace
Morten Raustein – UAS Norway, Norway

Industrial Inspections & Norwegian Legislation
Thomas Moss – Orbiton, Norway

National Overview of RPAS Activities
Dr Norbert Lohl – UAV-DACH, Germany

12.00 – 12.15      Panel Discussions
12.15 – 13.30      Lunch


The conclusions, drawn up by the splinter session moderators in coordination with the speakers & with inputs from the audience, will be presented to the conference attendees. The conclusions will be split into 3 categories:

a) Short overview of the current situation   b) The bottlenecks identified   c) Recommendations on the way forward

Plenary Session 3 
Presented by the Session Moderators

Time 13.30 – 14.30

Splinter Session 01 – Operations
Splinter Session 02 – Test Ranges
Splinter Session 03 – Safety, Security & Standards
Splinter Session 04 – Pilot Training & Qualification
Splinter Session 05 – Operations
Splinter Session 06 – National & European Status

Plenary Session 4
Presented by the Session Moderators
Time 15.45 – 16.45

Splinter Session 07 – UTM
Splinter Session 08 – Operations
Splinter Session 09 – Pilot Training & Qualification
Splinter Session 10 – Test Ranges & Testing
Splinter Session 11 – National Regulatory Status
Splinter Session 12 – National Regulatory Status

14.30 – 14.45      Panel Discussion on the Conference Conclusions – Chaired by Matthijs van Miltenburg, European Parliament
14.45 – 15.45      Break

16.45 – 17.00      Panel Discussion on the  Conference Conclusions – Chaired by Matthijs van Miltenburg, European Parliament
17.00      Closure

Subsequent to the conference, the presented conclusions will be compiled into a single document and will be made available, along with the conference presentation, to all conference attendees. This document will also be remitted to all European Union institutions, and will be made available to the international RPAS community on www.rpas-civops.com


Andreas Bicking

Deutsche Post DHL Group

   Bio Data With an academic background in strategy & logistics Andreas joined DHL in 2007. As a management consultant for DHL Andreas covered various logistic models, supply-chain stages & regions from European air freight networks to local distribution of food &

Peter van Blyenburgh

Blyenburgh & Co

     (Member of the DroneRules.EU & SkyOpener Consortia) UVS International, The Netherlands Peter van Blijenburgh, a Dutch national, was born in The Netherlands (1948) and resides in Paris, France (since 1976). He is the CEO of Blyenburgh & Co, a French strategic

André Clot

Euro USC

   Bio Data In 1998, after ten years at the UK National Air Traffic Service, Andre founded the UAVS Association’s which led the industry input to the early development of the United Kingdom RPAS regulation and its formulation into CAP 722. Latterly

Keith Cressman


   Bio Data 1981: BSc. degree in Biology from Willamette University, OR (USA) 1981-1983: Peace Corps volunteer in Plant Protection, Tunisia 1983-1985: USDA APHIS/ARS pink bollworm, Phoenix, AZ (USA) 1985-1987: MSc. degrees in International Agriculture Development and in Plant Protection from Univ

Koen de Vos


   Bio Data Koen de Vos (Belgian, born on 21 March 1962) studied law (1985) and economics (1987) at the University of Leuven, Belgium. He started his career at the centre for development studies of the University of Antwerp (1988-89) and at

Peter Dedrij


   Bio Data Peter Dedrij has a master in electronic engineering and an MBA. He started his career in avionics engineering at Sabena Technics. After this he worked at Microsoft for 10 years in different Sales & Marketing roles. Now Peter is

Yves Degroote

Air Robot

   Bio Data In 1992 Yves Degroote finished his studies Business Management in Ghent in Belgium. He worked for Tyco international in Brussels specialised in Security systems. Then he switched to the German company SIM Security who is developing electronic systems for

Anna Donovan


   Bio Data Anna Donovan is a Senior Research Analyst with Trilateral Research, London. She is a member of the Data Science team and specialises in social and legal impacts of current and emerging technologies, specifically RPAS for civil application, as well

Carine Donzel-Figier


     Bio Data After a degree in engineering, Carine joined the French Civil aviation authority (DGAC, direction générale de l’aviation civile) as deputy head of the french air carriers and public intervention office, tasked with economic regulation and oversight of French aircarriers

Anja Ellis


   Bio Data Abstract

Alexander Engel


   Bio Data Military Air Traffic Controller, University degree in Electrical Engineering, EUROCONTROL surveillance unit, EUROCONTROL ASTERIX manager, EUROCONTROL Standardisation Unit, Technical Programme Manager for EUROCAE. Abstract EUROCAE is establishing a new Working Group for the development of standards to safely allow

Gerrit Folkertsma

University of Twente

   Bio Data Gerrit Folkertsma completed his BSc and MSc in Mechatronics cum laude at the University of Twente in the Netherlands. He has been involved in autonomous (flying) robot research at the University of Twente, the company Clear Flight Solutions, and

Olivier Fontaine


   Bio Data       Olivier Fontaine is the president, Accountable and Safety manager of the no profit organization Sapritalia A.P.S. which scope is to promote new jobs and safety. Mr Fontaine after the training for quality management also achieve the ICAO/ EASA safety

Jean Fournier

Global Aerospace

   Bio Data Jean Fournier is the Managing Director of the French branch of Global Aerospace. He joined Global Aerospace in April 2009 to open the French branch and to insure all classes of aerospace risks (airlines, airports, general aviation, manufacturers and

Frank Fuchs

Fuchs Consulting

   Bio Data After being a Skiing racer and a racing Driver, Dr. Fuchs converted into full time study Law, which he was doing before in part time. After being in Ghana and Switzerland as Head of Legal, he decided to go

Jason Gauci

University of Malta

   Bio Data Dr Jason Gauci graduated in electrical engineering from the University of Malta in 2005. In 2010 he was awarded a PhD in Aerospace Engineering from Cranfield University (UK) for his research on obstacle detection around aircraft through the use

Ludo Guisson

Drone Pilot Academy

   Bio Data Ludo Guisson works at SYNTRA Limburg as a business developer since 2003 for the development of training innovations with great economic potential. He himself was manned commercial helicopter pilot. Since Feb 2015 he’s head of training of the Drone

Luc Haeberlé


   Bio Data Abstract

Anne-Marie Haute

Pilgrim Technologies

   Bio Data Founder & president of Pilgrim Technology, a company that performs technical inspections in industrial areas (marine, offshore, oil & gas) in Europe and on the African continent. Since 2012, Pilgrim Technology develops professional drones and global drone solutions under

Ralf Heidger


   Bio Data M.A. at Johannes-Gutenberg University, Mainz, Germany 1986, Software Developer since 1985, ATM-Software Development since 1992, joined DFS 2001 as head of Software development department for Tower ATM Systems, founder and responsible Manager of the DFS PHOENIX ATM System 2001-2016,

Oliver Heinrich

BHO Legal

   Bio Data Oliver Heinrich is co-founder and partner of BHO Legal. The law firm is a consortium member of the “Drone.Rules.eu” EU funded project. Oliver advises national and international public entities and corporations on legal aspects in high technology projects. Prior

Jan Hesselbarth

Caballero, Hesselbarth & Partner

   Bio Data As a former Forward Air Controller Jan Hesselbarth built up the consulting company Caballero & Hesselbarth Consulting GmbH. He works for the national and international standardization bodies for unmanned systems and contributes as a project manager at the Bundesverband

Bertrand Huron


   Bio Data Aeronautical engineer (ENAC – Toulouse) Abstract Since February 2014 there has been a strong request from French UA professionnal operators to review the regulatory framework for remote pilot training with the objective to fit in more with their acitivity.

Dan Richard Isdahl-Engh


   Bio Data Dan Richard Isdahl-Engh is the president of UAS Norway and performs as a test pilot for several RPAS Systems in Europe. Totaling over 6000 h of flight as pilot in command on different manned- and unmanned aerial platforms and

Christian Janke


Bio Data Christian Janke is currently an Assistant Professor at College of Aeronautics at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University Worldwide and a Research Fellow at the European Aviation Security Center
(EASC) in Germany. He holds a Master of Science in Aeronautics (Unmanned Systems) and

Marc Kegelaers


   Bio Data He is currently co-owner and CEO of Unifly – a new company that has created the next generation Air Traffic Control software to Manage Drone Traffic, and a member of the GUTMA Board of Directors. He holds a Master’s

Jacques Kruse Brandao


   Bio Data Jacques is in the identification and security industry for >15y. Today Jacques advocates our partners on Security and Privacy in the hyper-connected world including UAV explaining the related needs and available solutions. Before Jacques was in charge of Business

Michael Larsen


   Bio Data Current position: Head of UAS at UAS Denmark/UAS Test Center Denmark. More than 20 years experience in regional and business development, investment promotion and development of cooperation between research and business etc. Since 2013 leading the transformation of a

Jean-Pierre Lentz


   Bio Data Jean-Pierre Lentz is civil engineer. He joined SABCA a Belgian aerospace company, where he first worked on space programmes for the European Space Agency. He led in particular the development of a European space suit. Subsequently, Jean-Pierre became assistant

Mike Lissone


   Bio Data Mike Lissone is the RPAS ATM Integration manager for EUROCONTROL. He has been the main contributor to the development of the RPAS R&D roadmap. Seconded by EUROCONTROL to JARUS, he is the JARUS General Secretary and as such heads

Mike Lissone


   Bio Data Mike Lissone is the RPAS ATM Integration manager for EUROCONTROL. He has been the main contributor to the development of the RPAS R&D roadmap. Seconded by EUROCONTROL to JARUS, he is the JARUS General Secretary and as such heads

Norbert Lohl


   Bio Data University Degree in Physics as Diplom-Physiker (Dipl.-Phys.) at Technical University Braunschweig Doctoral Degree in Engineering (Dr.-Ing.) at the Technical University Braunschweig, 1978 Adjunct Professor for International Aviation at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Lecturer for Aviation Safety and Airworthiness at the

Tom Lund


   Bio Data Tom Lund is Chief Operational Support at Prox Dynamics, the company behind the PD-100 Black Hornet PRS. He retired from the Royal Norwegian Air Force in 2015 after 21 years, during which he served both as an F-16 and

Antonio Marchetto


   Bio Data As EASA RPAS Technologies Expert Antonio Marchetto is involved on regulatory as well as certification activities in the civil unmanned aircrafts domain. He has been particularly engaged in the process leading to the publication of the Agency’s technical opinion

Uwe Meinberg


   Bio Data Professor Meinberg is leader of the chair industrial information technology. He and his team at the Brandenburgischen Technical University Cottbus-Senftenberg have been conducting research since severeal years in the field of RPAS. Especially the mission planning and the evaluation

Jan Molema


   Bio Data Jan Molema is a trained lawyer and linguist holding degrees from the Universities in Marseille, France, Freiburg, Germany and Groningen, The Netherlands. He started his professional career at the European Institutions in Brussels. n 2000 he spent 6 months

Thomas Moss


   Bio Data Tomas Moss is co-founder and CEO of Orbiton, a company delivering industry inspection and geomatic services to government and large private companies. Mr. Moss’ background is in photography, having served, among other positions, as Head of Photography at the

Frits Müller

UAV Solutions

   Bio Data LtCol rtd Netherlands Army. Founder of the Netherlands military RPAS unit. After retired, emplyee at UAV Solutions as compliance monitoring and safety manager. Also working as an instructor on theoratical RPAS issues. Flight experience: SPERWER, ALADIN, SCAN EAGLE, Aerialtronics

Nico Nijenhuis

Field Lab (Clear Flight Solutions)

   Bio Data Nico Nijenhuis (29) studied Applied Physics and Engineering Fluid Dynamics at the University of Twente. During his studies he spent time in Malawi, Africa with local tobacco farmers, wrote his Bachelor thesis at CERN in Geneva, Switzerland, and did

Ali Nosrati


   Bio Data Ali Nosrati studied aviation and is building his carrier in this field. Since 2008 he has been involved with RC models & home builds. Since 2015 he is the CEO of Aerobotica. Abstract This presentation is about drones becoming

Manuel Onate


   Bio Data Manuel Oñate (52) is a Civil Engineer graduated from the Universidad Politécnica of Madrid in Spain. He has over 14 years of experience in Private Equity, working for funds managed by first rate international investment firms such as TCR

Mirel Pehadzic


   Bio Data Mirel Pehadzic is working as Technical Solution Manager at Advanced Mobile Networks in Nokia Technology Center Ulm, located in Germany. Since ever graduating in Software Engineering at Helsinki University of Applied Sciences, he has been challenging himself with mobile

John Pyrgies

Brussels Royal Military Academy

   Bio Data John Pyrgies is graduated in computer sciences and management sciences and is undertaking a PhD at the Belgian Royal Military Academy (Mathematics department) and Namur University (PReCISE Research Center) in the fields of computer sciences & mathematics. His research

José Maria Ramirez Ciriza


   Bio Data José Maria (Chema) Ramirez Ciriza obtained a MSc in Aeronautical Engineering from the Polytechnic University of Madrid, joined the Spanish aviation authority (then DGAC) in 1985, where he was assigned different tasks, in the Maintenance and Certification Departments. He

Morten Raustein


   Bio Data Morton Raustein served in the Royal Norwegian Air Force from 1988 in several positions in base, helicopter, and fighter operations, and was the last operational GCA controller in Norway. Got Commercial and instructor licences 1990-92 and is currently head

Gontran Reboud


   Bio Data Mr. Gontran Reboud: UAV European project coordinator, Global UTM Association Member of the Board, VP UTM architect. He holds a graduate engineer diploma from Ecole Centrale de Lyon (1990) and  a Master 2 in Signal processing and Telecommunications from

Dale Richards

Coventry University

   Bio Data After gaining his PhD in Cognitive Psychology and Human-Computer Interaction from the University of Wales Swansea, Dale joined QinetiQ (formerly the Defence Evaluation Research Agency) and worked primarily on defence programmes. After two years working on maritime systems he

Giovanni Salvodelli Pedrocchi


   Bio Data                  Col Savoldelli Pedrocchi’s aviation experience has been consolidated in recent years at the Italian Civil Aviation Autorithy as Flight Inspector, mainly in the fields of RPAS regulation and remote pilot training.

Mark Sickling


   Bio Data Mark is a former Royal Air Force Pilot with over 30 years experience and 4600 flying hours on Fast Jet and Unmanned Aircraft including over 1500 flying hours in combat. Mark maintains a keen interest in all aspects of

Alain Siebert


   Bio Data Alain Siebert is responsible for all economical and master planning aspects of the SESAR Joint Undertaking. In this position he is also responsible for corporate risk management, performance, SESAR demonstration activities and the relationship with EASA, National Authorities and

Sander Starreveld

Drone Flight Academy

Bio Data Beside executive officer of the Drone Flight Academy, Captain Starreveld is an active commercial pilot with extensive experience in aviation safety management systems and flight instruction. After obtaining a university degree in Aeronautical Engineering he held various positions in different

Christian Struwe


Bio Data Christian Struwe is Vice President of the Global UTM Association and Policy Lead for Europe at DJI. Christian is a political scientist with a strong business understanding. He focuses on EU-regulation and policy, innovation and research, transport and energy as

Matthijs van Miltenburg

European Parliament

   Bio Data Matthijs van Miltenburg is a member of European Parliament for the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE). He is a member of the Transport Committee and the ALDE shadow rapporteur on the revision of the EASA basic

Rob van Nieuwland


   Bio Data Abstract

Cees van Sprundel

Netherlands M.I.E.

Bio Data Cees van Sprundel holds an MSc in Public Administration. He is working at the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment (Directorate General for mobility and Transport/Civil Aviation Department/Aviation Safety). After various positions in the fields of railway safety and

Mark Vanlook


   Bio Data Mark Vanlook started in 1986 as civil engineer at IMEC in Leuven. In 1990, he was offered a job at GDF Suez in the engineering department. He subsequently built a local and international career in technology, marketing and general

Joseph Wheeler


   Bio Data Joseph Wheeler MRAeS is the Principal of aviation law firm IALPG, through which he consults as Special Counsel (Aviation) for Maurice Blackburn Lawyers where he acts on behalf of those injured or who have lost loved ones in air

Geir Wiik


   Bio Data Started in the Norewgian Air Foce in 1976 and retired in 2014 as a colonel. Backgroun is ground control intercept but most of my work has been staff related. In addition to our national Air Force Academy, I have

Philipp Wrycza


   Bio Data Born in 1987 Philipp Wrycza studied Bachelor and Master in Logistics at the TU Dortmund and became the best in his year. After an intership in Seinäjoki, Finland he started to work as an scientific assistant and project leader


  • Aerobotica, The Netherlands
  • AERPAS, Spain
  • AESA, Spain
  • Agaplesion Frankfurter Diakonie Kliniken, Gemrany
  • AirRobot, Germany
  • BENELUX General Secretariat
  • BHO Legal, Germany
  • BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg, Germany
  • Caballero & Hasselbarth Consulting, Germany
  • Clear Flight Solutions, The Netherlands
  • Colibrex, Germany
  • Coventry University, UK
  • Cyberhawk Innovations, UK
  • DARPAS, The Netherlands
  • DFS, Germany
  • Direction Générale de l’Aviation Civile (DGAC) – Direction de la Sécurité de l’Aviation Civile (DSAC), France
  • Deutsche Post DHL Group, Germany
  • DJI Innovations, China
  • Drone Flight Academy, The Netherlands
  • DronePort, Belgium
  • DroneRules, EU
  • ENAC, Italy
  • EUKA, Belgium
  • EUROCAE, France
  • EUROCONTROL, International
  • European Aviation Safety Agency, EU
  • European Aviation Safety Center, Germany
  • European Parliament, EU
  • European Commission DG GROWTH, EU
  • European Commission DG MOVE, EU
  • EuroUSC International, UK
  • FAO (UN), International
  • Field Lab, The Netherlands
  • Frank Fuchs Consulting, Germany
  • Fraunhofer Institute for Material & Logistics, Germany
  • French Civil Drone Council, France
  • General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, USA
  • Global Aerospace, France
  • Global UTM Association (GUTMA), Switzerland
  • In2Sky, Belgium
  • International Aerospace Law & Policy Group, Australia
  • Joint Authorities for Rulemaking on Unmanned Systems (JARUS), International
  • Katholieke Hogeschool VIVES, Belgium
  • Ministry of Infrastructure & Environment, the Netherlands
  • Multirotor Service Drone, Germany
  • Nokia, Germany
  • NORUT, Norway
  • NXP Semiconductors, Germany
  • Pilgrim Technology, France
  • ProxDynamics, Norway
  • Royal Military Academy, Belgium
  • SESAR Joint undertaking, EU
  • SkyOpener, EU
  • Syntra Limburg, Belgium
  • Space53, The Netherlands
  • Trilateral Research, UK
  • UAS Denmark, Denmark
  • UAS Norway, Norway
  • UAV-DACH, Germany
  • UniFly, Belgium
  • University of Malta, Malta
  • University of Twente, The Netherlands
  • ViaSat, Switzerland


  • Australia
  • Belgium
  • Denmark
  • France
  • Germany
  • Italy
  • Malta
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Spain
  • Switzerland
  • UK
  • USA


6 December 2016
2 Plenary Sessions               9

6 & 7 December 2016
12 Plenary Sessions            54

7 December 2016
2 Splinter Sessions              12

Total Number Speakers     75


  • Academia
  • Air Navigation Service Provider
  • Civil Drone Council
  • Consulting Company
  • European Commission
  • European Consortium
  • European Parliament
  • European Public/Private Partnership
  • European Union Agency
  • Flight School
  • Hospital (RPAS Operator)
  • Insurer
  • International Association
  • International Organisation
  • Law Firm
  • Logistics (delivery by RPAS)
  • Manufacturer (various)
  • National Association
  • National Aviation Authority
  • National Federation
  • National Public/Private Partnership
  • Privacy & Data Protection
  • Railroad (RPAS Operator)
  • Regional Economic Promo Agency
  • Regional Organisation
  • Research Organisation
  • RPAS Manufacturer
  • RPAS Operator
  • Service Supply Company
  • Test Range
  • UTM Developer


European & International Organizations



On 6-7 December 2016

Registration deadline : 12.00 (noon) on 2 December 2016



Sponsorship of the RPAS 2016 CivOPS conference permits to be directly identified with this technically informative international
conference. The event is organized for the international RPAS community, in response to the requirement expressed by
UVS International members for an event where current & future governmental non-military & commercial civil RPAS operators,
RPAS manufacturers, pilot training companies, R&D organizations, insurers, academia, as well as current & potential customers
can interface with each other, as well as with regulatory authorities and traditional aerial work suppliers.
Within the framework of UVS International’s Global Access Initiative, and in co-ordination with the European Parliament,
European Commission, European RPAS Roadmap Implementation Coordination Group, International Civil Aviation Organization
(ICAO), European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), European Space Agency (ESA), Eurocontrol, European Civil Aviation Conference
(ECAC), various standards organizations, JARUS, SESAR JU, various national CAAs & ministries of defence, various ECfinanced
consortia, as well as with the International RPAS Coordination Council (national associations), this is Europe’s only
RPAS event, that is dedicated to civil RPAS operators & operations + related regulatory & policy aspects.

2 Opportunies
(6 & 7 December 2016)

Benefits include:
– Signage recognizing Lunch Sponsorship on conference promotional literature,
programme, lunch tables & conference proceedings portal.
– 6 page advertisement or advertorial on www.rpas-civops.com up to 31 Dec. 2016.
– Bare floor space for a pop-up stand (supplied by sponsor) or a presentation wall
(supplied by sponsor) (both 2m linear) – 1 table can be supplied.
– Free nominal entry for 2 conference delegates (both days).
– Half page advertisement in the 2017 edition of the RPAS Yearbook

1 Opportunity
(6 December 2016)

Benefits include:
– Welcome address at the cocktail in the Royal Military Academy’s bar.
– Signage recognizing Cocktail Sponsorship on conference promotional literature,
programme & conference proceedings portal.
– 8 page advertisement or advertorial on www.rpas-civops.com up to 31 Dec. 2016.
– Exhibit of posters & pop-up banners (supplied by sponsor) can be exhibited.
– Free nominal entry for 1 conference delegate (both days).
– Half page advertisement in the 2017 edition of the RPAS Yearbook.

2 Opportunities
(6 & 7 December 2016)

Benefits include:
– Signage recognizing Coffee Break Sponsorship on conference promotional literature,
programme & conference proceedings portal.
– 4 page advertisement or advertorial on www.rpas-civops.com up to 31 Dec. 2016.
– Flags with sponsor’s logo (supplied by sponsor) on beverage stations & all tables.
– Bare floor space for a pop-up stand (supplied by sponsor) or a presentation wall
(supplied by sponsor) (both 2m linear) – 1 table can be supplied.
– Free nominal entry for 1 conference delegate (both days).
– Quarter page advertisement in the 2017 edition of the RPAS Yearbook

Additional Sponsorship Opportunities

Delegate Bags (supplied & delivered to conference venue by sponsor)
Includes 1/4 page advertisement in the 2017 edition of the RPAS Yearbook
Lanyards (supplied & delivered to conference venue by sponsor)
Includes 1/4 page advertisement in the 2017 edition of the RPAS Yearbook


For pricing & additional information on sponsoring opportunities contact Peter van Blyenburgh at:
Tel.: 33-1- – Fax: 33-1- – pvb@uvs-international.org – pvb@uvs-info.com


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