Recorded Sessions: ICAO’s Third Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems Symposium (RPAS2018)

Video streaming of the event available here!

We’d like to welcome you to the Third Global Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems Symposium (RPAS/3) which took place from 10 to 12 September 2018 in Chengdu, China. The theme of RPAS/3 covers topics “from accommodation to integration”. The event brought together key stakeholders from industry, academia, government and international organizations in the aviation sector, who exchanged research, best practices, lessons learned and the challenges they face.

Attention was given to complex issues that included categorization RPAS operations, a topic that needs to be addressed collectively in order to integrate RPAS into the global aviation system. RPAS/3 provided an opportunity for networking, collaboration and coordination between civil aviation authorities and the industry, with both new and existing stakeholders, which will allow us to move forward in this dynamic field.

The event provided a unique opportunity for assessing the status of regulations currently used in various parts of the world, with a view to fostering the emergence of a comprehensive and harmonized regulatory framework to support RPAS activities.

This is a rapidly evolving sector of the aviation industry and there was a lot of information that we can share. We recorded all of the sessions that took place over the three-day event, we are sharing all of the great presentations below!

Day 1 – 10 September 2018

Session 1: Welcoming Remarks and Global Perspectives and challenges

Welcome Remarks:

Dr. Fang Liu. Secretary General, ICAO

Mr. PENG Yuxing, Vice Governor, The People’s Government of Sichuan Province

Mr. WANG Zhiqing, Deputy Administrator, Civil Aviation Administration of China

Mr. CAI Jun, Deputy Director General, Office of China State Air Traffic Control Commission

Global Perspectives and Challenges:

Captain Houston Mills, Global Aviation Strategy & Public Policy Director, United Parcel Service (UPS)

Session 2: Categorization – responding to the rapid expansion and growth of the unmanned industry

The speed at which unmanned aviation is developing challenges the existing operational environment. A new paradigm for regulating these aircraft is needed that considers the aircraft and operation jointly.


Mr. Nico Voorbach, Director ICAO Affairs, CANSO


Mr. Mike Lissone, Secretary General, JARUS
Mr. YANG Honghai, Regional Director North Asia, Safety and Flight Operations, IATA
Mr. Scott Duffy, Manager Remotely Piloted Aircraft Operations, CASA, Australia
Mr. Randy Willis, Chairman, ICAO Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems Panel, FAA, United States

Session 3: RPAS Regulatory Framework – Standards development to implementation

Licensing and training of remote pilots is one of the pillars to enable safe RPAS operations. As ICAO’s regulatory framework is evolving with SARPs on these two topics already adopted, participants will share their experiences on strategies to transition from regulatory development to implementation.


Mr. TAI Feng, Air Navigation Commissioner, Second Vice President and Chairman of the Ad hoc Working Group on Implementation, ICAO


Mr. Denis Jauvin, Technical Officer, RPAS, ICAO
Mr. Patrice Desvallées, Program Director, Strategic and Emerging Projects, DGCA, France
Mr. Melvin Wong, Head (Unmanned Aircraft Systems), Airworthiness/Flight Operations, CAAS, Singapore
Dr. Kristy Kiernan, Program Chair, the Master of Science in Unmanned Systems, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

Session 4: Benefits and challenges – implementing harmonized regulations

Aviation is an international activity which is supported through use of harmonized regulations. Panelists will discuss the benefits of working regionally and globally to implement regulations and oversee operations.


Mr. Arun Mishra, Regional Director, ICAO Bangkok Office

Panel discussion:

Dr. LIU Hao, Chair of the ICAO ASIA/PACIFIC UAS Task Force
Mr. Christopher Petras, Legal Officer, ICAO
Mr. Catalin Radu, Deputy Director, ANB, ICAO
Ms. Kate Madden, Aeronautical Service Officer, Civil Aviation Authority, New Zealand


Day 2 – 11 September 2018


Session 5: RPAS Operations – beyond the paradigm of manned aviation

The unique characteristics of RPAS components, which differ in many ways from manned aviation, bring new challenges for RPAS operators. This session will discuss such challenges and new ways to safely accomplish the gradual transition of accommodation to integration.

Keynote Speech:

Ms. Poppy Khoza, Director of Civil Aviation, South Africa


Mr. Michael Gadd, Head of International Regulatory Affairs, Altitude Angel


Mr. Richard Eva, Aviation Manager, Shell Corporation

Ms. Mildred Troegeler, Director, Global Airspace Integration,

Boeing NeXt Mr. LI Dongqi, Group Vice President of SF Express & Chairman of Fonair Co., Ltd (SF UAS)

Mr. Marzio Preatoni, Airworthiness, Leonardo Helicopters

Session 6: Integration Plans – issues to be addressed when integrating RPAS into the ATM system

The absence of an on-board pilot will necessitate some unique procedures in the integration of RPA into non-segregated airspace. ANSPs will be invited to discuss the challenges and risks associated with integration. What should ANSPs do to minimize the risk in order to seamlessly integrate RPA into the existing ATM system?


Ms. Leslie Cary, Chief, Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems,

Panel discussion:

Mr. Nico Voorbach, Director, ICAO Affairs, CANSO

Dr. Francis Schubert, Chief Corporate Officer, Skyguide, Switzerland

Mr. Mike Lissone, UAS ATM Integration Manager, Directorate Pan European Single Sky, EUROCONTROL

Mrs. Catherine Ronfle-Nadaud, Direction de la Technique et de l’innovation, Domaine Etudes Européennes et Innovation, DGAC, France

Mr. ZHANG Xinghao, Director, Air Traffic Control Division, Air Traffic Management Bureau, CAAC, China

Session 7: Building a performance-based regulatory environment for RPAS operations – are States ready?

RPAS are creating a new industry with large economic potential. Their associated technologies and operating concepts are evolving rapidly. Globally, regulators are being challenged with the safe and efficient integration of RPAS into environments shared by a highly regulated and well-established manned aircraft industry. What regulatory and oversight solutions are currently available?


Mr. Claude Hurley, President, Air Navigation Commission,

Panel discussion:

Mr. Everette Rochon, Manager, Flight Standards General Aviation and Commercial Division, FAA, United States

Mr. Damodaran Dilip Kumar, Joint General Manager (ATM), Airports Authority, India

Mr. Scott Duffy, Manager Remotely Piloted Aircraft Operations (RPAS), Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA), Australia

Mr. Paweł Szymański, Director of the Unmanned Aircraft Department, Civil Aviation Authority, Poland

Session 8: Emerging technologies – the balance between legacy and innovation

Technological advances can improve the safety and efficiency of our airspace but they also bring challenges. This session will showcase emerging technologies, their potential capabilities and the gaps or shortcomings as we look for interoperable solutions.


Mr. Filippo Tomasello, Senior Partner, EURO USC Italia


Mr. Fredrik Nordström, Head of UAS Regulations, AIRBUS

Mr. Hyunchul Shim, Professor/Director, Dept of Aerospace Eng., Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology

Mr. Pierre Fossier, Vice President, Chief Technology Officer, Thales – Land and Air Systems

Mr. WANG Yufeng, Director, HUAWEI Wireless X Labs


Day 3 – 12 September 2018

Session 9: Keynote Speech & RPAS Operations – Impact on other stakeholders

When introducing any new type of airspace user into the existing air navigation system, potential safety or efficiency impacts on other airspace users may emerge. This session will investigate the disruptive impact of RPAS operations on other airspace users and potential mitigations for maintaining a safe and efficient system.


Ms. Leslie Cary, Chief, Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems,

Panel discussion:

Mr. Jeffrey D. Richards, Air Traffic Controller and RPAS and UAVs Subject Matter Expert, IFATCA

Mr. Pirasuth Sasunee, Technical Advisor, IFALPA

Mr. SL Wong, Head of Technical & Industry Affairs, ACI

Mr. Daniel Vaca, Head ATM Harmonization and Global Policy, IATA

Session 10: Civil and Military Collaboration – From Legacy to Partnership

Civil and military cooperation contributes to safety as well as capacity and efficiency of airspace. Collaboration enhances these further. As RPAS are introduced into the civil aviation environment, military lessons learned, as well as operational inputs, will optimize our progress on a regulatory framework that addresses all stakeholders’ needs safely and efficiently.


Mr. Mark Wuennenberg, Technical Officer, Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems

Panel discussion:

Mr. Jorge Humberto Vargas Rainho, Planning Division Advisor, Defense Ministry, Brazilian Air Force

Mr. Jorge Alexandre De Almeida Regis, Department of Airspace Control, Brazilian Air Force

Mr. Edgar Reuber, Senior Military Expert, Eurocontrol

Mr. Matthias Grall, Federal Ministry of Defence, Section Forces Policy, ATM, Germany

Mr. Andreas Udovic, Project Manager, DFS Deutsche Flugsicherung GmbH, Germany

Session 11: Focus on China, ATM / UTM – Preview of DRONE ENABLE/2, & Wrap up

Many exciting RPAS related activities are underway in China. What are they and what can the rest of the world learn from these activities?


Mr. Yang Fei, Coordinator of UAS Leadership Office, Office of Air Traffic Regulation, CAAC, China


Chen Guangcheng, Director of Air Transportation Division, Flight Standard Department, CAAC,China

Sun Lihua, Deputy director general, Information Center, CAAC, China

Liu Yanguang, General Manager, JDX Drone Business Development Center

Zhang Xiang, Vice General Manager, CETC Special Mission Aircraft System Engineering Co., Ltd

Liu Gang, General Manager, The Innovation Center of Sichuan Industrial Cloud Manufacturing Co., Ltd

Chen Ming, Technical Development Director, DJI ATM/UTM

Preview of DRONE ENABLE/2:

Mr. Mark Wuennenberg, Technical Officer, ICAO Air Navigation Bureau

Wrap up:

Ms. Leslie Cary, Chief, Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems, ICAO

Be sure to check out all of the presentations that were recorded at the Drone Enable/2 event that took place from 13 to 14 September 2018 in Chengdu, China!