Singapore hosts first Asia Pacific symposium


Singapore hosts first Asia Pacific symposium on Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems

The Asia Pacific Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) Symposium started on May 31 at the Singapore Aviation Academy. Organized by the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS), with support from the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), and the Civil Aviation Authority of New Zealand (NZCAA), this Symposium is the very first of such online forums on RPAS being kept in the area.

The fast advancement in RPAS innovation and increasingly popular use of RPAS recently provides the market and regulatory authorities with lots of difficulties to guarantee that such airplane is run with very little impact to public and aviation safety. The Symposium will talk about and attend to these challenges and share finest practices in RPAS policy. It will cover problems connected to airworthiness and certification, airspace integration, remote pilot licensing, and enforcement, liability and insurance.

The Symposium aims to assist in details sharing and to advance local partnership in the regulation of RPAS activities, amongst market and regulators. Over 150 RPAS topic professionals from all over the world consisting of crucial air travel regulative authorities, government companies, aviation-related international organizations, air navigation company and major market gamers are anticipated to go to the Symposium.

Singapore identifies the benefits and prospective produced by RPAS innovation. We have to accomplish an extensive and balanced method to RPAS regulation, and we can do better through learning from each other and coordinating our reactions, stated Director-General of CAAS, Mr. Kevin Shum. This Symposium is an excellent step towards reinforcing information sharing and cooperation in between regulatory authorities in the Asia Pacific area.

As the Programmed Manager for RPAS at the ICAO, I am happy to see the amazing line-up of speakers participating in the first Asia Pacific RPAS Symposium. The Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore has done a great job of arranging this event that needs to achieve outstanding outcomes for individuals, said Ms. Leslie Cary, RPAS Programmed Manager, ICAO.

Mr. Kevin Chamness, Director of Air Traffic Organization International Office, FAA, said: We hope to learn more about exactly what our Asia Pacific partners are doing to support RPAS operations. In addition to offering details on our RPAS-related activities, we look forward to discussing the vast array of RPAS-related topics that will be covered in the seminar with our local partners.

The development of RPAS brings distinct challenges, and it is important that industry and regulators are continuously interacting, said Mr. John Kay, General Manager Policy and System Interventions, NZCAA. As a strong believer in the value that regional cooperation offers to regulatory authorities, New Zealand is delighted to be a part of this seminar.

The Symposium will run from 31 May through 1 June.

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