Kicking off our Safety and Integration Day was our keynote speaker, Leslie Cary, Chief, RPAS at ICAO, giving conference attendees an overview of the Standards effort by ICAO to assist in the safe co-ordination and integration of unmanned aircraft into the Aviation space.
Ms. Cary’s session covered several ongoing regulatory efforts by ICAO; UTM and Guidance material for Humanitarian efforts and emergency operations as well as model UAV regulations for individual country use.
Ms. Cary’s session was followed by a perennial Conference favourite, Transport Canada’s regulatory team providing their annual RPAS update. The RPAS Task Force team panel was led by Felix Meunier.
The Task Force provided a current status of the VLOS stats with over 50K RPAS registered, and updated the state of BVLOS Trials and timelines for the upcoming BVLOS Regulations. They also briefed the conference attendees on RTM progress and gave a Task Force RegulatoryRoadmap update. Definitely a not to be missed panel as always and the session was well attended this year with great questions from the audience.
Following that, we heard from the panel on RPAS Traffic Management, hosted by NAVCanada. The NAVCanada team provided an overview of key RPAS topics, including the use of a new app to allow for online realtime airspace authorization. They noted that the number of drone incidents around airports is still a concern, even as air traffic has decreased due to COVID-19.
The afternoon sessions provided an extensive set of presentations including:
- Student Paper Finalists covering topics on Lidar and Camera Sensor Fusion, CAD software for UAV design, and Advanced Flight Control.
- SORA/AC903 Review led by Transport and In Flight Data
- An in-depth update on Assure Research by “Lux” Luxion
- RPAS Regulation, the First Year and the Path Forward by Brendan Schulman, and
- Trends of Urban Air Mobility in Japan, by one our international attendees, Gaku Minorikawa.
We had another strong program today, and tomorrow is looking great as well. We’ve got another data packed day of sessions on Thursday, with a pre-recorded short greeting from Minister Garneau to conference attendees expected as one of the day’s highlights.
All of today’s sessions are available on demand during the days of the conference and for 7 days after we close and afterwards with the Premium pass.
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