May 31, 2016: The Asia Pacific Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) Symposium kicked off at the Singapore Aviation Academy organised by the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS).
The rapid advancement in RPAS technology and increasingly popular use of RPAS in recent years presents the industry and regulators with many challenges to ensure that such aircraft are operated with minimal impact to public and aviation safety.
The Symposium will discuss and address these challenges and share best practices in RPAS regulation. It will cover issues related to airworthiness and certification, airspace integration, remote pilot licensing, and enforcement, liability and insurance.
Over 150 RPAS subject matter experts from around the world including key aviation regulatory authorities, government agencies, aviation-related international organisations, air navigation service providers and major industry players are expected to attend the Symposium.
“Singapore recognises the benefits and potential brought about by RPAS technology. We need to achieve a comprehensive and balanced approach to RPAS regulation, and we can do better through learning from each other and co-ordinating our responses,” said Kevin Shum, director-general of CAAS. “This Symposium is a good step towards strengthening information sharing and cooperation between regulators in the Asia Pacific region.”
“The emergence of RPAS brings distinct challenges, and it is important that industry and regulators are constantly working together,” said John Kay, general manager Policy and System Interventions, Civil Aviation Authority of New Zealand (NZCAA). “As a strong believer in the value that regional cooperation offers to regulators, New Zealand is excited to be a part of this symposium.”
The Symposium will run from May 31 through June 1.
Photo: Leslie Cary (RPAS Programme Manager, International Civil Aviation Organisation), a member of the Opening Session Panel, speaking at the Opening Session of the Asia Pacific RPAS Symposium.