5 & 6 December 2019

Programme overview

DAY 1: Scaling drones operations

With three dedicated panels

Panel 1: Implementing new EU regulations for UAS operations on open and specific categories, are we on track?

On 11 June 2019 common European rules on drones, Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2019/945 & Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2019/947, have been published to ensure drone operations across Europe are safe and secure. The rules will help to protect the safety and the privacy of EU citizens while enabling the free circulation of drones and a level playing field within the European Union.

What still needs to be done by the European Commission, EASA and the EU Member States to fully implement the new rules? In this panel stakeholders will have the opportunity to comment on the progress already made and to discuss actions still to be taken.

Panel 2: Addressing societal concerns

The new EU regulation takes into account the safety of UAS operations.
But how should we all together address societal concerns raised by citizens?

This panel will discuss how to engage with society in general, how to address their concerns and how to better highlight the benefits provided by drone operations.

Panel 3: Preparing for future operations – more complex operations

The new EU regulatory framework allows for UAS operations to be conducted in a safe manner.
More complex operations such as air taxis using UAS in an urban environment need to get prior authorisation and certification by the competent authority.

This panel will discuss together with the audience the maturity of the technology, certification and approval process to address these complex operations.

DAY 2: Enabling Airspace Integration (U-SPACE and UAS Airspace integrations)

In addition to the high level presentations of EASA’s opinion on U-space the following panels are foreseen:

Panel 4: U-space- regulatory challenges and operational opportunities

Towards the end of the year, EASA will make a proposal to the European Commission for high-level regulation on U-space to enable complex drone operations with a high degree of automation.

In this panel stakeholders will have the opportunity to discuss the next steps for U-space development and what should be the priorities for its development and implementation.

Panel 5: U-space – technical and operational maturity

This panel will be organised and moderated by SESAR Joint Undertakings (SJU) and aims to present the technical maturity of U-space solutions based on the outcome of SJU’s demonstrations and research projects.

The stakeholders will have the opportunity to discuss how the outcome of these projects can be used to develop the U-SPACE framework as well as presenting SJU’s next steps.

Panel 6: UAS airspace integration challenges

This panel will discuss UAS airspace integration in terms of challenges, opportunities, technical maturity and regulatory approach.

Technical sessions

In these four technical workshops, participants have the chance to discuss technical details around U-space directly with EASA drone experts

1st session will have the following two streams running in parallel (1h 30 minutes):
Stream 1: Technical workshop on UAS operations in the open category
Stream 2: Technical workshop on UAS operations in the specific category and Specific Operations Risk Analysis (SORA)

2nd session will have the following two streams running in parallel (1h 30 minutes):
Stream 3: Technical workshop on U-space and ATM aspects
Stream 4: Technical workshop on initial airworthiness approach for UAS