TABLE OF CONTENTS
1. UVS Info & Related Links
- RPS Info : The overall objective of the UVS INFO web site is to make international UVS-related information (Unmanned Aircraft Systems – UAS & Unmanned Ground Vehicle Systems – UGV Systems at system & sub-system level) in order to promote international awareness of UVS-related matters.
See : rps-info.com
- UAS Patents : The purpose of the web site is to supply information on the patents relevant to UAS/RPAS, that are registered with the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office, and to make these patents, and certain search features, accessible to the global UAS/RPAS community, as well as to other possibly interested parties.
See : uas-patents.org
- International Test Range Directory : Testing, qualification, and certification of military & civil UAS (requiring many flight hours to obtain the required statistics) will probably make it necessary for the international UAS community to make increased use of qualified test ranges. This web site endeavours to permit test sites to describe the facilities offered in a comparable way.
See : www.testranges.org
- UAS Vision : An independent global forum for the Unmanned Aircraft Systems community.
Its aim is to provide a daily news service covering all topics related to UAS/RPAS.
See : www.uasvision.com
AAI (Austrian Aeronautics Industry Group), Austria :
This Austrian non-profit association was founded in 1999. It represents the common interests of its members, namely the Austrian companies and organisations with business or research activities in the aeronautics/supply/industry, as well as in the sector of aircraft maintenance & service.
ACUO (Australian Certified UAV Operators Inc.), Australia :
A national not for profit association first started in 2009 and formally registered in Queensland on the 31 March 2010.
The association is bound by a Constitution to:
– Protect the interests of CASA Certified UAV Operators
– Establish the association as a responsible authority and;
– Promote the growth and expansion of the commercial UAS industry in Australia
See : www.acuo.org.au
The Portuguese national association dedicated to the introduction of RPAS into Portuguese airspace and their safe, efficient and sustainable operation.
ARPAS (Association of Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems), UK :
The national UK association of RPAS operators employing RPAS with a mass of less than 20 kg. Its objectives are: a) the organisation, representation, promotion and encouragement of flying & operation of small RPAS; b) to assist and guide company members; c) to promote the collaboration between members and the co-operation with National Aviation Authorities or other government departments; d) to produce, collect and distribute information in connection with RPAS; e) to encourage and support research relative to RPAS; f) to establish and support, financially or otherwise or aid in the establishment and support of any educational scheme or establishment with benefit to the small RPAS operating community.
ARPASA (Asociacion RPAS Argentina), Argentina :
A national not-for-profit association started up in 2015. It federates the Argentinian RPAS community [manufacturers (systems & sub-systems), operators & other service providers, distributors, academia, research organisations & institutes].
See : www.arpasa.com.ar
ASSORPAS (Associazione Italiana per i Light RPAS), Italy :
the first Italian Association created to aggregate companies in the field of small unmanned aircraft (micro and mini RPAS).
See : www.assorpas.it
BeUAS (Belgian Unmanned Aircraft System Association), Belgium:
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The threekey words areinformation,education andconsultation.BeUASbuilta positive image,which should allowthe industry tothrive.
Actions points :
– maximum safety
– A joint position in the sector
– Fair competition
– Positive image for the sector
See : www.beuas.be
CUAASA (Commercial Unmanned Aircraft Association of Southern Africa):
The aim of the association is to serve, promote, watch over, advance and mutually protect the interest of the commercial unmanned aircraft industry, and to act as a link between the industry and government, government agencies and other public bodies within the Southern African region. The association’s purpose is to represent the interests of member companies and affiliated groups and associations at local, national and regional levels. We provide a platform for all members of the commercial unmanned aviation industry to voice their concerns and participate in the affairs of this new sector in aviation. CUAASA believes that growth in this market will be the next challenge in aviation and of real importance for the Southern African continent. Our goal is to ensure that the future benefits of unmanned aerial aviation and systems for the Southern African continent is fully understood, accepted by all and supported by industry and government.
DARPAS (Dutch Association for Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems), Netherlands :
The objective of the association is to promote the interests of members engaged in research and development, production, use, service and applications RPAS in the Netherlands.
Many topics are discussed:
– Developing laws and regulations on UAVs
– Flying in controlled airspace (CTRs)
– Flight preparation and site assessment
– Promoting safety
– Training and Certificates
– Exemptions and permits
– Airworthiness and maintenance
– operational restrictions
See : www.darpas.nl
EUKA, a Belgian national industry association, endeavours to support in the acceleration, expansion and deepening of the new drone industry by being a ‘guide’ or ‘front office’ for the multiple companies and organisations involved. EUKA works with a cluster team that concentrates on four main themes:
Legislation: We inform our members about the regulations concerning drones and we offer advice to the policy makers and the government based on our members’ input).
Matchmaking: We want to bring together all the stakeholders in the drone industry. We achieve this online through social media as well as offline through events, workshops, seminars, etc).
Idea to Market: We encourage all the different communities to generate innovative ideas, in order to hatch them into market-ready concepts.
Global Market: Through foreign missions and via booths on several conventions we try to promote the Flemish drone-industry around the world.
EUKA works according to the well-known Triple Helix model, which permits to bring the drone cluster together with the drone industry and the end users. Through partnerships with different federations, knowledge institutions and government entities we offer them a unique business network.
(formerly OEEPE) is a pan-European organisation established by International Treaty, as OEEPE, in 1953 in Paris in accordance with a recommendaion passed by the Council of the Organisation for European Economic Co-operation, The spatial data research interests of European countries are represented through the membership in EuroSDR of national organisations from their production and research sectors.
EuroSDR is a not-for-profit organisation linking National Mapping and Cadastral Agencies with Research Institutes and Universities in Europe for the purpose of applied research in spatial data provision, management and delivery. The result is a network of delegates, from European Geographic Information organisations and research institutes, effectively and practically addressing Europe’s spatial data research requirements.
FPDC (Fédération Professionelle du Drone Civil), France: Professional Civil Drone Federation (FPDC) is an association governed by the law of 1901 which brings together private and institutional actors in the field of French drone, including manufacturers and operators.
This association aims to support and coordinate the efforts of national and international promotion relating to the potential of unmanned aircraft in the civil sector. The FPDC wants to become a partner of reference for the young field of civil UAV France, both with tutelary authorities and private parties such as insurers and media.
Facilitating the exchange and cooperation between the various stakeholders, the FPDC can find joint innovative solutions, opening this new industry a powerful future.
SAPRITALIA (Sistemi Aeromobili a pilotaggio remoto italiano), Italy
Non-profit association consisting of instructors, pilots and flight dispatchers. It develops educational activities, training courses for civil professional drone operators and remote pilots and supplies consulting services for the preparation and the maintenance of the operation manuals.
SBSL – Stowarzyszenie Bezzałogowe Systemy Latające, Poland. Polish national RPAS association.
See : www.sbsl.pl
UAS Denmark, Denmark:
This a national working group that brings together the national RPAS value chain and addresses national Danish RPAS related matters
under the guidance of the Hans Christian Anderson airport.
UAS Norway: established in January 2008 as the national UAS organization of Norway.
The organization is non-profit and independent, open to all private and public businesses and organizations related to unmanned aircraft.
The main areas of activity for UAS-Norway are to:
– Represent the UAS community of Norway.
– Promote a UAS policy that are in line with Norwegian UAS industry and operators.
– Suggest national UAS related committees for Norway.
– Promote Norwegian UAS industry and operators interests in international forums.
– Establish UAS-Norway as a natural consultation body in UAS-related matters
– Promote and participate in rule development in co-operation with national and international organizations and authorities.
– Coordinate UAS activities with the national aviation authorities (CAA) and with ATC (AVINOR), and other other airspace users.
– Promote the knowledge about UAS, their usage and benefits.
See : www.uasnorway.org
UAV DACH, Germany: German speaking group for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV). Its objectives are:
– Introduction of UAS (Unmanned Aircraft System) in civil airspace
– Evaluation of approval-relevant technologies, specification of research requirements, e.g. sense & avoid, data links, etc.
– Certifiability of required technologies
– Forum for manufacturer and users
See : www.uavdach.org
The Czech alliance for the unmanned aircraft industry was based on the growing market demand for comprehensive and systematic approach representing participants in the newly developing UAV industry while maintaining societal interests. The mission of UAVA is to create prerequisites and optimum conditions for research, development, production, and trade in order to develop UAVs and UAV technology applications, as well as cooperation with institutions and organizations which are directly or indirectly linked to the activity of the associated members notably initiating legal, economic and organizational preconditions in order to support unmanned aircraft industry. The key is cooperation with state and local governments and the national Parliament in the area of unmanned aviation industry. In a societal context, the UAVA advocates for public awareness regarding UAV technology. See : www.uava.cz
UAVS, UK : This association has a duty to inform opinion whether this be the casual enquiry from a member of the general public or a more focused debate from the media. UAVS will always seek to provide the best information available to help portray this industry in the correct light. It carries out this duty primarily on behalf of its members but also in the interests of the UAS industry as a whole.
See : www.uavs.org
Unmanned Systems Canada, Canada : Canada’s national non-profit association representing public and private innovation in unmanned vehicle systems. Its objectives are:
– To represent the interests of the unmanned vehicle systems community which includes industry, academia, government, military, and other interested persons
– To promote public awareness, education and appreciation for the Canadian unmanned vehicle systems community to itself, to Canadians and worldwide.
– To provide a single voice for the Canadian unmanned systems community
– To promote and facilitate the growth of the Canadian unmanned vehicle systems community through education, advocacy, and exchange of ideas and technologies
– To assist the Canadian unmanned vehicle systems community to achieve leadership in research, development, application, and operations
See : www.unmannedsystems.ca
UVS-Romania, Romania : UVS-Romania is a national non-profit association founded in 2012. It represents the common interests of the Romanian unmanned vehicle systems (UVS) community, which includes industry, government, military, academia and other interested persons. The purposes of UVS-Romania are:
– Promote the research, development, manufacturing and use of autonomous vehicles in Romania.
– Assist the association members in their joint activities at national and international level.
Recommend and work to develop laws and regulations in UVS sector in Romania
See : www.uvsr.org
3. European Aviation Stakeholders
European Commission, Europe: The European Commission (EC) is the executive body of the European Union responsible for proposing legislation, implementing decisions, upholding the Union’s treaties and day-to-day running of the EU. Commissioners swear an oath at the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg, pledging to respect the EU Treaties and to be completely independent in carrying out their duties during their mandate.
EC DG Entreprise, Europe: The Directorate-General for Enterprise and Industry (DG ENTR) is a Directorate-General of the European Commission. The Enterprise Directorate-General works on creating an environment in which European firms can thrive. The improvement of the business environment is to lead to a growth in productivity and subsequently create the jobs and wealth necessary to achieve the objectives set by the European Council in Lisbon in March 2000.
EC DG Mobility & Transport, Europe: The Directorate-General for Mobility and Transport (DG MOVE) is a Directorate-General of the European Commission responsible for transport within the European Union. DG MOVE is responsible for developing and implementing European policies in the transport field. Its mission is to ensure that transport policies are designed for the benefit of all sectors of the society. DG MOVE carries out these tasks using legislative proposals and programme management, including the financing of projects.
EC Joint Research Centre, Europe: The Joint Research Centre (JRC) is a Directorate-General of the European Commission under the responsibility of Máire Geoghegan-Quinn, European Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science.
As the Commission’s in-house science service, the Joint Research Centre’s mission is to provide EU policies with independent, evidence-based scientific and technical support throughout the whole policy cycle. Working in close cooperation with policy Directorates-General, the JRC addresses key societal challenges while stimulating innovation through developing new methods, tools and standards, and sharing its know-how with the Member States, the scientific community and international partners.
EASA (European Aviation Safety Agency), Europe : The Agency promotes the highest common standards of safety and environmental protection in civil aviation in Europe and worldwide. It is the centrepiece of a new regulatory system which provides for a single European market in the aviation industry.
The agency’s responsibilities include:
– expert advice to the EU for drafting new legislation;
– implementing and monitoring safety rules, including inspections in the Member States;
– type-certification of aircraft and components, as well as the approval of organisations involved in the design, manufacture and maintenance of aeronautical products;
– authorization of third-country (non EU) operators;
– safety analysis and research.
See : www.easa.europa.eu
Visit EASA page dedicated to RPAS
EU-China Aviation Partnership Project (APP), China – At the heart of the EU-China APP is the call for closer cooperation between the EU and China at an official and authority level and the linking of technical cooperation with policy dialogue. This is reflected in the project’s objective of strengthening the economic partnership between the EU and China in the civil aviation domain. The project incorporates the idea of a close cooperation between EASA and various European project partners to bring best European aviation expertise to the project. Likewise on the Chinese side, the project will interact with several Chinese stakeholders coordinated by CAAC.
For the first time, the European (EASA) and Chinese aviation authorities (CAAC), directly implement activities together, in close cooperation with their partners. Initiated on 15th September 2015, the EU-China APP is set for a duration of 5 years (2015-2020) with EU funds of 10 million euros. This new approach of cooperation will focus on activities of mutual interest. In particular, eight areas of cooperation have been defined: Regulatory Dialogue on Safety, General Aviation, ATM/ANS and Airports, Airworthiness, Environmental Protection, Economic Policy & Regulation, Aviation Safety & Security, Legislation and law enforcement.
EUROCONTROL, Europe: Eurocontrol is the European Organisation for the Safety of Air Navigation. Founded in 1960, it is an international organisation working for seamless, pan-European air traffic management. Eurocontrol is a civil organisation and currently has 40 member states; its headquarters are in Haren, City of Brussels.
Eurocontrol coordinates and plans air traffic control for all of Europe. This involves working with national authorities, air navigation service providers, civil and military airspace users, airports, and other organisations. Its activities involve all gate-to-gate air navigation service operations: strategic and tactical flow management, controller training, regional control of airspace, safety-proofed technologies and procedures, and collection of air navigation charges.
See : www.eurocontrol.int/
ESA (European Space Agency), Europe: The European Space Agency (ESA) is Europe’s gateway to space. Its mission is to shape the development of Europe’s space capability and ensure that investment in space continues to deliver benefits to the citizens of Europe and the world.
ESA is an international organisation with 20 Member States. By coordinating the financial and intellectual resources of its members, it can undertake programmes and activities far beyond the scope of any single European country.
ESA’s job is to draw up the European space programme and carry it through. ESA’s programmes are designed to find out more about Earth, its immediate space environment, our Solar System and the Universe, as well as to develop satellite-based technologies and services, and to promote European industries. ESA also works closely with space organisations outside Europe.
See : www.esa.int
EDA (European Defence Agency), Europe: The European Defence Agency is the place to go for European defence cooperation. The Agency supports the Council and the Member States in their effort to improve the European Union’s defence capabilities – a critical task in these challenging times.
It works on the basis of a new approach that draws together the whole defence spectrum, tailoring its work to the military needs of tomorrow, providing different and often innovative solutions.
See : www.eda.europa.eu
FRONTEX (European Agency for Border Security), Europe: Frontex promotes, coordinates and develops European border management in line with the EU fundamental rights charter applying the concept of Integrated Border Management.
Frontex helps border authorities from different EU countries work together. Frontex’s full title is the European Agency for the Management of Operational Cooperation at the External Borders of the Member States of the European Union. The agency was set up in 2004 to reinforce and streamline cooperation between national border authorities. In pursuit of this goal, Frontex has several operational areas which are defined in the founding Frontex Regulation and a subsequent amendment.
These areas of activity are:
– Joint Operations
– Risk Analysis
– Providing a rapid response capability
– Assisting Member States in joint return operations
– Information systems and information sharing environment
JARUS: JARUS is a group of experts from the National Aviation Authorities (NAAs) and regional aviation safety organisations. Its purpose is to recommend a single set of technical, safety and operational requirements for the certification and safe integration of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) into airspace and at aerodromes.
The objective of JARUS is to provide guidance material aiming to facilitate each authority to write their own requirements and to avoid duplicate efforts.
We would like to invite you to browse our website and hopefully you will find the information you are looking for.
See : www.jarus-rpas.org
SESAR JU (Single European Sky Air Traffic Management Research Joint Undertaking), Europe: The SESAR (Single European Sky ATM Research) programme is one of the most ambitious research and development projects ever launched by the European Union. The programme is the technological and operational dimension of the Single European Sky (SES) initiative to meet future capacity and air safety needs.
Given the complexity of the programme, a legal entity was founded by the European Union and Eurocontrol, to coordinate and concentrate all relevant research and development efforts in the Community.
The mission of the SESAR Joint Undertaking is to develop a modernised air traffic management system for Europe. This future system will ensure the safety and fluidity of air transport over the next thirty years, will make flying more environmentally friendly and reduce the costs of air traffic management.
See : www.sesarju.eu
4. Other Aviation Stakeholder
- AIA (Aerospace Industries Association), USA: Assosiation representing the nation’s leading manufacturers and suppliers of civil, military, and business aircraft, helicopters, unmanned aircraft systems, space systems, aircraft engines, missiles, materiel and related components, equipment, services and information technology.
See : www.aia-aerospace.org
- AIAA, USA: professional society devoted to the progress of engineering and science in aviation, space, and defense. Serving this elite audience and its historic mission is our commitment and our privilege. Now we invite you to learn more about AIAA – and share in the vision and excitement of this inspiring industry.
AIAA’s mission is to address the professional needs and interests of the past, current, and future aerospace workforce and to advance the state of aerospace science, engineering, technology, operations, and policy to benefit our global society.
See : www.aiaa.org
- AOPA, USA: organization that advocates for general aviation.Its missions are:
– advocating on behalf of our members,
– educating pilots, nonpilots, and policy makers alike,
– supporting activities that ensure the long-term health of General Aviation,
– fighting to keep General Aviation accessible to all, and
– securing sufficient resources to ensure our success.
See : www.aopa.org
- ARCAA (Australian Research Centre of Aerospace Automation), Australia: world-leading research centre based in Brisbane, Australia.
It conducts research into all aspects of aviation automation, with a particular research focus on autonomous technologies which support the more efficient and safer utilisation of airspace, and the development of autonomous aircraft and on-board sensor systems for a wide range of commercial applications
See : www.arcaa.net
- ASTM 38, USA: This Committee addresses issues related to design, performance, quality acceptance tests, and safety monitoring for unmanned air vehicle systems. Stakeholders include manufactures of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and their components, federal agencies, design professionals, professional societies, maintenance professionals, trade associations, financial organizations, and academia.
See : www.astm.org/COMMITTEE/F38.htm
- ATCA, USA (Air Traffic Control Association): group of air traffic controllers, the Air Traffic Control Association dedicated to progress in the science of air traffic control and the preservation of a safe flight environment. It provides a forum in which those concerned can address the myriad issues inherent to the development of viable air traffic control systems and aviation infrastructures, and the ever increasing demands on the global navigable airspace environment.
See : www.atca.org
- AUSA (Australian UAS Academy), Australia: The Australian Unmanned Systems (AUS) Academy was established November 2009 to support the professional growth of Australia’s burgeoning civil unmanned aircraft systems industry.
The Academy is a collaboration between Brisbane based company, V-TOL Aerospace and the University of Queensland. Both organisations bring together a wealth of skill and knowledge into the training and education experience. The Academy will offer three streams of UAS training products:
– Technical training in avionics, software, structures, payloads, complex systems in conjunction with the University of Queensland.
– UAS Pilot training – pilot and crew resource management.
– UAS Applications – Professional development, enterprise and industry workshops designed to educate end-users in the use of unmanned technologies in a spatial environment.
See : www.ausacademy.org
- CANSO, The Netherlands: CANSO is the global voice of the companies that provide air traffic control, and represents the interests of Air Navigation Service Providers worldwide. CANSO Members are responsible for supporting 85% of world air traffic, and through our Workgroups, Members share information and develop new policies, with the ultimate aim of improving navigation in the air and on the ground. CANSO also represents its members’ views in major regulatory and industry forums, including at ICAO, where we have official Observer status.
See : www.canso.org
- CoESS – Confederation European of European Security Services acts as the voice of the European Security industry. The main objective of CoESS is to represent and support the growth of an industry that delivers solutions of high quality and professionalism, focused on the selection and development of qualified staff and technology. CoESS brings together 24 national associations in 23 European countries, of which 19 EU Member States. The active and associated members are national federations covering a wide range of private security services, located in EU and non-EU member states respectively. The corresponding members are European or International organisations, which pursue similar goals to CoESS in more specific areas of private security. CoESS is recognized by the European Commission as a European sectoral social partner and is active in a constructive Social Dialogue with UNI Europa.
- EARSC (European Association of Remote Sensing Companies), Europe: the European organization which – on a non-profit basis – coordinates and promotes activities of their members in the area of services based on the delivery of geo-information products on customer demand.
See : www.earsc.org
- ECAC (European Civil Aviation Conference), France: ECAC’s mission is the promotion of the continued development of a safe, efficient and sustainable European air transport system. ECAC”s long-established expertise in aviation matters, pan-European membership and close liaison with the International Civil Aviation Organization enable it to serve as a unique European forum for discussion of every major civil aviation topic. It enjoys active co-operation with its sister organisations through Memoranda of Understanding and with the European Commission, EUROCONTROL, the European Aviation Security Training Institute. and the JAA Training Office It has particularly valuable links with industry and organisations representing all parts of the air transport industry.
ECAC’s mission is promotion of the continued development of a safe, efficient and sustainable European air transport system. In so doing, it seeks:
– to harmonise civil aviation policies and practices amongst its Member States, and
– to promote understanding on policy matters between its Member States and other regions of the world.
See : www.ecac-ceac.org
- EUGIN, Europe (European Group of Institute of Navigation): non profit-making association that aggregates the Institutes of Navigation of several European States working together with a view to advising European institutions in the fields of navigation and related issues.
The common activities of EUGIN members are threefold:
– Exchange of navigational information between members and other interested parties.
– Organising (since 1990) the annual European Navigation Conference (ENC), formerly known as the Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) conference: since 1993 v
– Liaison with the European Commission, European Parliament and European Space Agency.
EUGIN Member Institutes :
– Deutsche Gesellschaft für Ortung und Navigation (DGON), Germany
– Institut Français de Navigation (IFN), France
– Instituto de Navegación de Espana (INAVE), Spain
– Istituto Italiano di Navigazione (IIN), Italy
– Nederlands Instituut voor Navigatie (NIN), Netherlands
– Nordisk Navigasjonsforum (NNF), Norway
– Österreichischer Verein für Navigation (OVN), Austia
– Polish Navigation Forum (PNF), Poland
– Swedish Radio Navigation Board (RNN), Sweden
– Royal Institute of Navigation (RIN), UK
– Schweizerisches Institut für Navigation (ION-CH), Switzerland
– Instituto Português de Navegaçăo (PIN) – (corresponding member), Portugal (website under construction)
– Galileo Services (Honorary member), France
– CESMA – Confederation of European Shipmasters Associations, Netherlands
– UVS International, Europe
- EUROCAE, France: EUROCAE is a non profit making organisation which was formed at Lucerne (Switzerland) in 1963 to provide a European forum for resolving technical problems with electronic equipment for air transport.
EUROCAE deals exclusively with aviation standardisation (Airborne and Ground Systems and Equipments) and related documents as required for use in the regulation of aviation equipment and systems.
EUROCAE is an association composed of members who are all specialized in one or several technical fields of Aeronautics and many of them are considered to be among world’s leaders in their domain.
These members include Equipment and Airframe Manufacturers, Regulators, European and International Civil Aviation Authorities, Air Navigation Service Provider (ANSP), Airlines, Airports and other users.
To develop EUROCAE Documents (ED), EUROCAE organises Working Groups (WG) where members provide experts working on voluntary basis. In general the WG members come from the association membership but others may be accepted under specific conditions regarding the organisation they are belonging to and their particular expertise.
EUROCAE is governed by a Constitution and functions according to procedures resulting from almost 50 years of experience in the development of aviation standards.
See : www.eurocae.net
- Europe Air Sport Association, Europe: EAS supports a European regulatory environment that is proportionate to the complexity of aircraft and the nature of flight operation. A minimal amount of regulation to ensure flight safety, access to airspace, free movement and efficient and cost-effective organisation for operations, are of paramount importance for air sports to survive and thrive.
We believe that the developing European regulatory framework for civil aviation should allow for the continuation of all flying activities which are currently possible under national legislation.
See : www.europe-air-sports.org
- The European Institute, USA: This association provides an independent forum in which key decision makers from both the public and private sectors in Europe and the United States can meet to discuss issues of common concern and develop effective and mutually beneficial solutions.
The European Institute’s objectives include:
– Monitor developments in transatlantic relations in the context of the global economic crisis and the security challenges ahead;
– Anticipate areas needing additional dialogue;
– Survey the contributions that NATO New Strategic Concept and the Europe Union’s institutional framework bring to common efforts in a number of areas;
– Serve as a conduit for information between members of the US Administration and their European counterparts;
– Provide a neutral forum to help Europeans and Americans plan new projects and partnerships, engage new actors and build relationships;
– Facilitate a constructive dialogue with third countries.
See : www.europeaninstitute.org
- EuroSDR (European Spatial Data Research Network), Europe: A not-for-profit organisation linking National Mapping and Cadastral agencies with Research Institutes and Universities for the purpose of applied research in spatial data provision, management and delivery.
See : www.eurosdr.net
- EuroUSC (European Unmanned Systems Centre), UK: The European Unmanned Systems Centre (EuroUSC) is Europe’s leading independent Light UAS Accreditation Specialist for assessing ‘Airworthiness & Pilot Qualifications’.
EuroUSC is the UK CAA Qualified Entity (Approved Organisation DAI/9932/09) for assessing the ‘Airworthiness’ of Light Unmanned Aircraft Systems of 150Kg and below. The Light UAS Scheme (LUASS™) covers the Design, Construction (including functionality of embedded FCS software), Airworthiness, Operation, Pilot/Crew Qualifications and Exemption or Permission to operate. In 2004 EuroUSC™ obtained the first approval in the UK for a light UAS to operate from a Civil Airport. For details download the LUASS™ Guide and the Organisation Accreditation leaflet then review this site.
See : www.eurousc.com
- FAA (Federal Aviation Administration), USA: FAA’s mission is to provide the safest, most efficient aerospace system in the world. Learn more about how our mission is accomplished, the history of the FAA, and opportunities for the public to do business with the FAA.
- IAOPA (International Aircraft Owners & Pilots Association): The International Council of Aircraft Owner and Pilot Associations (IAOPA) is a nonprofit federation of 71 autonomous, nongovernmental, national general aviation organizations. IAOPA has represented international general aviation for more than 35 years.
- ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organization): A specialized agency of the United Nations, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) was created in 1944 to promote the safe and orderly development of international civil aviation throughout the world. It sets standards and regulations necessary for aviation safety, security, efficiency and regularity, as well as for aviation environmental protection. The Organization serves as the forum for cooperation in all fields of civil aviation among its 191 Member States.
See : www.icao.int
- IFALPA ( International Federation of Air Line Pilots’ Associations): The mission of IFALPA is to be the global voice of professional pilots by providing representation, services and support in order to promote the highest level of aviation safety worldwide
This goal is realised through our core function which is to represent our members by:
– Interacting with international organizations to achieve the highest level of aviation safety;
– Promoting and enhancing the role and status of professional pilots in ensuring the safety of the aircraft
and well being of passengers and goods entrusted to their care;
– Providing Member Associations with services as needed.
See : http://www.ifalpa.org/
- IFACTA (International Federation of Air Traffic Controllers’Associations): worldwide organisation representing more than fifty thousand air traffic controllers in 134 countries.
The goals of the Federation are:
– To promote safety, efficiency, and regularity in international air navigation.
– To assist and advise in the development of safe and orderly systems of air traffic control and new procedures and facilities.
– To promote and uphold a high standard of knowledge and professional efficiency among air traffic controllers.
– To closely cooperate with international and national aviation authorities and institutions concerned with air navigation.
– To sponsor and support the passage of legislation and regulations which will increase and protect the safety of air navigation.
– To strive for a world-wide federation of Air Traffic Controllers. Associations.
See : www.ifatca.org
- JAXA (Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency), Japan: On October 1, 2003, the Institute of Space and Astronautical Science (ISAS), the National Aerospace Laboratory of Japan (NAL) and the National Space Development Agency of Japan (NASDA) were merged into one independent administrative institution to be able to perform all their activities in the aerospace field as one organization, from basic research and development to utilization. The independent administrative institution is the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA.)
See : www.jaxa.jp
- NASA (National Aeronautical & Space Administration), USA: NASA’s vision: To reach for new heights and reveal the unknown so that what we do and learn will benefit all humankind.
To do that, thousands of people have been working around the world — and off of it — for 50 years, trying to answer some basic questions. What’s out there in space? How do we get there? What will we find? What can we learn there, or learn just by trying to get there, that will make life better here on Earth?
See : www.nasa.gov
- NATO JAPCC (Joint Air Power Competence Centre), Germany: The Joint Air Power Competence Centre (JAPCC) seeks to improve the space, land and maritime air power operations of the Alliance. In particular, it strives to develop and advance new ideas for the command, control and use of air assets from all service branches, while ensuring the implementation of those ideas. JAPCC also supports ACT, ACO and Sponsoring Nations by providing advice and expertise relating to air and space power. JAPCC has several branches to help it achieve its goals, including Combat Air, Combat Support, Combat Service Support, Policy and Concept Development, Future Capabilities and Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition and Reconnaissance. They all have their own specific area of speciality and responsibility. However, some responsibilities do not vary a great deal across each branch. For example, all branches assist with developing and coordinating Joint Air Power-related transformation policy, doctrine, concepts and publication. All branches are also responsible for developing and maintaining relationships with external agencies and educational institutions that specialize in their field of expertise, in addition to giving advice regarding JAPCC support of NATO, Partnership for Peace (PfP), and European Union relationships. JAPCC sought COE accreditation in 2004, which it received in 2005. It counts on multinational support with Belgium, Canada, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States acting as Founding Nations. Along with the above-mentioned countries, Romania is also a Supporting Nation. It is located in Kalkar, Germany.
See : www.crwflags.com/fotw/flags/nat-japc.html
- NATO (Science & Technology Organisation, Collaboration Support Office), France: Formerly known as the RTA, the Collaboration Support Office (CSO) supports the Collaborative business model of the new Science and Technology Organization (STO). NATO Nations and partner Nations contribute their national resources to define, conduct and promote cooperative research and information exchange.
Jump to the Science and Technology Organization websiteThe total spectrum of this collaborative effort is addressed by six Technical Panels who manage a wide range of scientific research activities, a Group specialising in Modelling and Simulation, plus a Committee dedicated to supporting the Information Management needs of the organization.
See : https://www.sto.nato.int
- RAES (Royal Aeronautical Society), UK: The guiding principles of the Royal Aeronautical Society are embodied in this extract from the Society’s Royal Charter: “The objects and purposes are the general advancement of aeronautical Art, Science and Engineering and for promoting that species of knowledge which distinguishes the profession of Aeronautics (which expression includes Astronautics)”.
As the world’s only professional body dedicated to the aerospace community, it exists to further the advancement of aeronautical art, science and engineering around the world.
Established in 1866, the Society has been at the forefront of developments in aerospace ever since, seeking to:
– Promote the highest professional standards in all aerospace disciplines
– Provide specialist information & act as a central forum for the exchange of ideas
– Play a leading role in influencing opinion on aerospace matters
See : aerosociety.com
- RCAPA (Remote Control Aerial Photography Association), USA: The Remote Control Aerial Photography Association was formed over two years ago by two forward thinking professionals who were enjoying aerial photography both as a hobby and a service. Our purpose is to gather like minded individuals into an association whereby information and techniques could be exchanged to better what we liked to do – take pictures from remote controlled aircraft. Either as a hobby or as a profession. As it became apparent that there were commercial applications, it was decided to post and showcase companies that provide these kinds of services nationwide. A “one stop shop” all across the country. It also became apparent that an association would have much better chance of landing the insurance required to conduct this business. And we were right, it was pursued and that came to fruition. RCAPA has pioneered one of the first liability insurance policies for commercial aerial photography by remote control.
See : www.rcapa.net
- RTCA, USA (Radio Technical Commission for Aeronautics): organization that develops technical guidance for use by government regulatory authorities and by industry. Requirements for membership include a fee that is based on information in the application for membership, and an interest in aviation. RTCA is sponsored as a Federal Advisory Committee by the US DOT Federal Aviation Administration. Guidance documents are developed and drafted by Special Committee (SC) and are based on a consensus developed within the SC charged with responsibility for the given document. Despite the loosely defined requirements of membership in RTCA, the guidance documents are based on expert technical opinion.
RTCA’s objectives include but are not limited to:
– Ensuring the safety and reliability of airborne systems;
– Developing minimum operational performance requirements for document-specific systems;
– Developing guidelines for use by a regulatory authority, the given authority determines appropriate;
– Providing administrative and logistics resources that enable teamwork among the world-wide aviation community (e.g. International Civil Aviation Organization and the International Telecommunication Union and others).
See : www.rtca.org
- SAE International, USA (Society of Automotive Engineers): professional association and standards organization for engineering professionals in various industries. Principal emphasis is placed on transport industries such as automotive, aerospace, and commercial vehicles. The Society coordinates the development of technical standards based on best practices identified and described by SAE committees and task forces. Task forces are composed of engineering professionals from relevant fields. SAE International has over 120,000 members globally. Membership is granted to individuals, not through companies. Aside from its standardization efforts, SAE International also devotes resources to projects and programs in STEM education, professional certification, and collegiate design competitions.
See : www.sae.org
5. European & National RPAS-Related Consortia
- Airbeam Consortium, Europe: AIRBEAM is an Integrated Project, answering to the topic SEC 2010.4.2.3 “Information acquisition using dedicated platforms, including UAV, aerostatic platforms (balloons) and satellites” proposed in the framework of FP7 Security Call 3. The major AIRBEAM objective is to propose a situation awareness toolbox for the management of crisis over wide area taking benefit of an optimised set of aerial (unmanned) platforms, including satellites.
See : airbeam.eu
- Artemis Consortium, Europe: ARTEMIS Industry Association is the association for R&D actors in Embedded Systems. It was founded in January 2007 and continues the work of the European Technology Platform. The Industry Association is open to: SMEs, universities, R&D centres and Large Enterprises. It is a network of more than 200 members. Together they form a meeting place where key industry and R&D actors identify topics for major R&D project proposals and form succesful quality consortia.
See : www.artemis-ia.eu
- ASTRAEA, UK: The aim of the ASTRAEA programme is to enable the routine use of UAS (Unmanned Aircraft Systems) in all classes of airspace without the need for restrictive or specialised conditions of operation. This will be achieved through the coordinated development and demonstration of key technologies and operating procedures required to open up the airspace to UAS.
See : www.astraea.aero
- EREA, Europe: Association of European Research Establishments in Aeronautics
EREA, the association of European Research Establishments in Aeronautics is a non-profit organisation which gathers Europe’s eleven most outstanding research centres active in the field of aeronautics and air transport. These organisations gathered in EREA with the goals to:
– promote and represent joint interests;
– intensify the co-operation in the field of civil, military and space-related aeronautics research;
– improve and intensify the co-operation with third parties in the field of aeronautics, and to
– facilitate an integrated management of joint activities, thereby contributing to Europe’s role as a global player in aeronautics.
See : erea.org
- FieldCopter Consortium, Europe: The FieldCopter consortium consists of a solid group of six partners from The Netherlands, Belgium & Spain. These SME’s and institutes each have specific expert knowledge to be able to fulfill all the objectives. Due to the pre-existing links and cooperation between some of the consortium partners its easier to have a common understanding of the objectives to be reached within the project.
See : fieldcopter.eu
- ICARUS Consortium, Europe: After the earthquakes in l’Aquila, Haiti and Japan, the European Commission confirmed that there exists a large discrepancy between (robotic) technology which is developed in laboratory and the use of such technology on the terrain for Search and Rescue (SAR) operations and crisis management.
Thus, the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Enterprise and Industry decided to fund ICARUS, a Research project (global budget: 17.5M€) which aims to develop robotic tools which can assist “human” crisis intervention teams.
The introduction of unmanned Search and Rescue devices can offer a valuable tool to save human lives and to speed up the SAR process. ICARUS concentrates on the development of unmanned SAR technologies for detecting, locating and rescuing humans.
There is a vast literature on research efforts towards the development of unmanned Search and Rescue tools. However this research effort stands in contrast to the practical reality in the field, where unmanned search and rescue tools have great difficulty finding their way to the end-users.
The ICARUS project addresses these issues, aiming to bridge the gap between the Research community and end-users, by developing a toolbox of integrated components for unmanned Search and Rescue.
See : www.fp7-icarus.eu
- Interreg 2 Seas Consortium, Europe : Interreg 2 Seas 2014-2020 is a European Territorial Cooperation Programme covering England, France, the Netherlands and Belgium (Flanders).
The overall objective is to develop an innovative, knowledge and research based, sustainable and inclusive 2 Seas area, where natural resources are protected and the green economy is promoted.
See : www.interreg2seas.eu/en
- MIDCAS Consortium, Europe: The aim of the MIDCAS program is to contribute to the UAS integration in civilian airspace by proposing a baseline of solutions for the “Unmanned Aircraft System Mid-air Collision Avoidance Function” acceptable by the manned aviation.
Currently, Mid-Air Collision avoidance is ensured by several safety layers handled by Air Traffic Management, Local Air Traffic Controller, embedded Collision Avoidance systems as ACAS and the “See & Avoid” capability of a human pilot. This capability shall respect ICAO “Rules of the Air”. MIDCAS goal is to propose this capability to UAS.
So MIDCAS function has to :
– detect (or sense) the aircraft is the vicinity of the UAS equipped,
– maintain Situational Awareness the human pilot in charge of the control of the Remote Aircraft
– if needed, propose or execute automatically adapted manoeuvres to restore safe situation between UAS and others aircraft.
See : www.midcas.org
- Multidrone Consortium, Europe: The EU-funded Multidrone project, which will run from 1 Jan. 2017 to 31 Dec. 2019, has as aim to develop an innovative intelligent multi-drone team platform for media production to cover outdoor events (e.g., sports) that are typically distributed over large expanses, ranging, for example, from a stadium to an entire city. The drone team, having 4-10 drones, to be managed by the production director and his/her production crew, will have: a) increased multiple drone decisional autonomy, by minimizing production crew load and required interventions, (hence allowing event coverage in the time span of around one hour in an outdoor environment) and b) improved multiple drone robustness and safety mechanisms (e.g., communication robustness/safety, embedded flight regulation compliance, enhanced crowd avoidance and emergency landing mechanisms), enabling it to carry out its mission against errors or crew inaction and to handle emergencies. Such robustness is particularly important, as the drone team will operate close to crowds and/or may face environmental hazards (e.g., wind). Therefore, it must be contextually aware and adaptive, with increased perception of crowds and individual humans. Furthermore, as this multi-actor system will be heterogeneous, consisting of a) drones and b) the production director/crew, critical human-in-the-loop issues will be addressed to avoid decision errors or operator overload, towards maximizing shooting creativity and productivity, while minimizing production costs. The overall multiple drone system will be built to serve identified production (end user, i.e., broadcaster) needs. Namely, its innovative, safe and fast multiple drone audio-visual (AV) shooting will provide novel media production functionalities (e.g., production creativity towards rich media output, global event coverage, adaptation to event dynamics, high reaction speed to unexpected events). Both live (real-time) AV shooting and off-line productions will be considered.
See : www.multidrone.eu
- ULTRA, Europe : ULTRA is a project funded by the European Commission 7th Framework Programme which is taking a new approach tothe insertion of Light RPAS for civil purposes in European Airspace in the short term with currently available technology. The project’s activities are conducted by the members of the ULTRA consortium representing a wide range of stakeholders from the RPAS domain.
See : www.ultraconsortium.eu
6. National Aviation Authorities
7. Air Navigation Service Provider
|Flag||Country or Region||Air Navigation Service Provider’s Name||Website|
|Armenia||Armenian Air Traffic Services (ARMATS)||www.armats.com|
|Azerbaijan||Azerbaijan Air Navigation Services (AZANS)||www.azans.az|
|Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg, north-west Germany||EUROCONTROL Maastricht UAC||www.eurocontrol.int|
|Brazil||Departamento de Controle do Espaço Aéreo (DECEA)||www.decea.gov.br|
|Bulgaria||Bulgarian Air Traffic Services Authority (BULATSA)||bulatsa.com|
|Central America||Corporación Centroamericana de Servicios de Navegación Aérea (COCESNA)||www.cocesna.org|
|China||Civil Aviation Administration of China||www.caac.gov.cn|
|Croatia||Croatia Control – Croatian Air Navigation Services||www.crocontrol.hr|
|Curaçao||Dutch Caribbean Air Navigation Service Provider (DC-ANSP)||www.dc-ansp.org|
|Czech Republic||Air Navigation Services of the Czech Republic (ANS CR)||www.ans.cz|
|Egypt||National Air Navigation Services Company (NANSC)||www.nansceg.net|
|Estonia||Estonian Air Navigation Services (EANS)||www.eans.ee|
|France||Direction des Services de la navigation aérienne (DSNA)||www.developpement-durable.gouv.fr|
|Germany||Deutsche Flugsicherung (DFS)||www.dfs.de|
|Germany||The Tower Company||www.the-tower-company.de|
|Global (UK-based)||National Air Traffic Services (NATS)||www.nats.aero|
|Hong Kong||Civil Aviation Department (Hong Kong)||www.cad.gov.hk|
|India||Airports Authority of India (AAI)||www.aai.aero|
|Ireland||Irish Aviation Authority (IAA)||www.iaa.ie|
|Italy||ENAV (Ente Nazionale di Assistenza al Volo)||www.enav.it|
|Jersey||Jersey – CICZ||www.jersey-airport.com|
|Latvia||Latvijas Gaisa Satiksme (LGS)||www.lgs.lv|
|Madagascar||Agence pour la Securité de la Navigation Aerienne en Afrique et Madagascar (ASECNA)||www.asecna.aero|
|Malta||Malta Air Traffic Services (MATS)||www.maltats.com|
|Moldova||Moldovian Air Traffic Services Authority (MoldATSA)||www.moldatsa.md|
|Netherlands||Luchtverkeersleiding Nederland (LVNL)||www.lvnl.nl|
|New Zealand||Airways New Zealand||www.airways.co.nz|
|Nigeria||Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA)||www.nama.gov.ng|
|Pakistan||Civil Aviation Authority of Pakistan (CAA Pakistan)||www.caapakistan.com.pk|
|Peru||Corporación Peruana de Aeropuertos y Aviación Comercial (CORPAC)||www.corpac.gob.pe|
|Poland||Polish Air Navigation Services Agency (PANSA)||www.pansa.pl|
|Portugal||NAV Portugal (pt) (Navegação Aérea de Portugal)||www.nav.pt|
|Romania||Romanian Air Traffic Services Administration (ro) (ROMATSA)||www.romatsa.ro|
|Russia||Federal Air Navigation Authority (FANA)||www.gsga.ru|
|Saudi Arabia||Air Navigation Service|
|Serbia and Montenegro||Serbia and Montenegro Air Traffic Services Agency (SMATSA)||www.smatsa.rs|
|Slovakia||Letové prevádzkové služby (sk) (LPS)||www.lps.sk|
|South Africa||Air Traffic & Navigation Services (ATNS)||www.atns.com|
|Spain||Aeropuertos Españoles y Navegación Aérea (Aena)||www.aena.es|
|Taiwan||Air Navigation and Weather Services (ANWS)||www.anws.gov.tw|
|Thailand||Aeronautical Radio of Thailand (th) (AEROTHAI)||www.aerothai.co.th|
|Trinidad and Tobago||Trinidad and Tobago Civil Aviation Authority (TTCAA)||www.caa.gov.tt|
|Turkey||Devlet Hava Meydanları İşletmesi (tr) (DHMI, State Airports Authority)||www.dhmi.gov.tr|
|Uganda||Civil Aviation Authority of Uganda (CAA Uganda)||www.caa.co.ug|
|Ukraine||Ukrainian State Air Traffic Service Enterprise (UkSATSE)||uksatse.ua|
|United States||Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)||www.faa.gov|
|Venezuela||Instituto Nacional de Aeronáutica Civil (INAC)||www.inac.gob.ve|