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RAeS Seminar: New Drone Rules – what you need to know

On 31st December 2020, EASA’s Implementing Rule for Drones became active and because this date was (just) within the Brexit transition period, the new regulatory environment has become UK law.

This seminar will provide the UAS/Drone community with a comprehensive update on the significant changes in regulations that apply to their operations. The focus will be the commercial sector, although the current distinction between commercial and leisure use of Drones is no longer so relevant.

The details of the changes will be provided by Gerry Corbett of the UK CAA who will be available to answer questions.

We also have a series of speakers able to put the changes into context from the perspective of UAS operators, training, and insurance providers, as well as an update from the Drone manufacturer, DJI, on what the new rules mean for them and their products. Other speakers will provide information on related issues including the UK draft Air Traffic Management and Unmanned Aircraft Bill.

View the full conference programme here and to secure your place click on the book now below.

Delegate fees:

RAeS Member: £20 +VAT
Non Member: £40 +VAT
RAeS Corporate Partner: £30 +VAT
RAeS Student/Apprentice Affiliate Member: £10 +VAT
ARPAS-UK Member: £30 +VAT

Speaker Details

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Rachel Welch-Phillips is an Associate in Bird & Bird’s International Aviation Group in London, where she acts for operating lessors, managers and airlines in a variety of international aviation transactions and provides regulatory advice to the industry. Rachel assists clients on a broad range of regulatory matters within aviation, aerospace and defence including slot allocation, big data, jurisdictional issues, the law of drones, and general compliance with EU and UK aviation law. In the world of drones Rachel works with large clients who are leading the way in developing policy and strategy for the safe use of drones across a variety of industries including construction and airport management.


Gerry Corbett joined the CAA’s Safety and Airspace Regulation Group in June 2012, where his work is focussed on operational policy elements for all matters associated with the operation of Unmanned Aircraft Systems in UK airspace. He also oversees the content of Civil Aviation Publication 722, the primary guidance document for Unmanned Aircraft System Operations in UK Airspace. Immediately prior to this he undertook a similar role whilst working as a serving Royal Naval Air Traffic Control Officer on a 3 year secondment to the CAA’s Directorate of Airspace Policy (DAP).

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Rupert Dent obtained his PPL in 1976. He is currently a qualified UAS pilot and Managing Director of Bridgeway Aerial Ltd., a UAS Operator that he co-founded in 2010. From 2003 to January 2017 he was the Managing Director and Accountable Manager of AirMed, an Oxford airport based fixed wing air ambulance operator. AirMed had a worldwide AOC, a Part M approval and an EASA 145 maintenance facility for its fleet of Learjet 35A and Piper Cheyenne turboprop aircraft. AirMed also had a TRTO for its turboprop aircraft. Rupert is a Director of ARPAS UK, the professional UAS Operators non-profit trade association and sits on the CAA chaired NATMAC, FAC and the UAS Stakeholders Committees, on behalf of ARPAS UK members. In addition he acts as the Drone Programme Manager at CHIRP. Prior to 2003 Rupert spent 15 years in the Investment Banking business based in London and Paris. The majority of this period was spent with Swiss Bank Corporation prior to its merger with UBS. He worked across many disciplines including the debt, equity and advisory businesses.


Philip Tarry qualified as a commercial drone pilot in 2013 and has operated in locations as diverse as Greenland and Morocco. As the co-founder and first officially appointed Chairman of ARPAS -UK (Association of Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems), Philip was instrumental in building a voice for the drone sector at a critical time. Having worked as a freelance instructor and assessor for four different drone training schools, he recognised the rapidly emerging sector represented a rare opportunity to improve on traditional training methods and raised investment to establish HALO Drones as a Recognised Assessment Entity. Philip is a recognised thought leader and is continually developing his growing business, HALO Drones.


Carson Lyons is currently a Vice President with AIG Aerospace Insurance Services, Inc. based in Atlanta, GA. Carson joined AIG in 1999 and has held various positions of increasing responsibility in general aviation underwriting and management. Today, Carson serves as North American Product Line Manager for General Aviation. In addition to this role, Carson is a member of the London based, International Union of Aerospace Insurers’ (IUAI) where he serves on the Executive Committee after chairing IUAI’s General Aviation Study Group from June 2014 to June 2017. Through his industry engagement, Carson has become one of the leading underwriting experts of general aviation and unmanned aircraft system underwriting, making him a frequent speaker on these topics as well as aviation insurance and risk management. Carson graduated with a degree in Aviation Business Administration from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, FL, where he also completed a minor in Air Traffic Control and obtained his Private Pilot Certificate.


Simon Phippard is Of Counsel in Bird & Bird’s Aviation & Aerospace practice in London and advises leading businesses in all parts of the aerospace sector, including airlines, manufacturers, MROs, airports, ATC operators and regulators. He helps clients to navigate and comply with international, European and domestic technical and economic regulation affecting the aviation sector, including the use of innovative technology and artificial intelligence. Simon has a particular interest in unmanned and remotely piloted aerial systems and advises on technical regulation, commercial, liability and insurance, and supply chain issues in this emerging sector. He gave evidence to the House of Lords EU Committee inquiry into the civil use of RPAS. Recent instructions have involved advice to a number of technology clients on the use of counter-UAS technology. Simon is involved in the Royal Aeronautical Society’s UAS Specialist Group and takes a leading role in Bird & Bird’s UAS practice, which has specialist lawyers in each jurisdiction in which the firm practises. Simon is a Fellow and former Council Member of the Royal Aeronautical Society and a Freeman of, and Honorary Solicitor to, the Honourable Company of Air Pilots.Book Now

Virtual, 13:30 – 17:30

Virtual, 13:30 – 17:30

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