The following points will have a significant influence on the world’s civil RPAS community:
a) The Communication of the European Commission DG Mobility & Transport to the European Parlement & Council in April 2014;
b) The various resulting decisions & actions (including the start-up of the JARUS Secretariat);
c) The start-up of the ICAO RPAS Panel (which replaces the ICAO UAS Study Group);
d) The upcoming implementation of the Definition Phase of the European RPAS Roadmap for the European RPAS Market Development Strategy;
e) The continuing development & updating of individual national RPAS regulations and the resulting requirement for harmonization; and
f) The important & critical role that the Joint Authorities for Rulemaking on Unmanned Systems (JARUS) will play in these initiatives.
Consequently, it has been decided that the RPAS CivOps 2014 conference will:
1) Put a strong focus on JARUS (www.jarus-rpas.org);
2) Explain the new structure & future functioning of JARUS;
3) Describe the ongoing & planned JARUS work programme;
4) Inform how industry (small & large) are invited to contribute to the JARUS work; and
5) Hopefully contribute to motivating additional national aviation authorities to join JARUS.
It is possible to register online at www.rpas-civops.org.