DAY 1 – Tuesday, 19 September 2017
09:30 – 09:50

Welcome Remarks


Dr. Olumuyiwa Benard Aliu, President of the Council of ICAO

09:50 – 10:45

Keynote Speeches


Mr. Alessandro Cardi, Deputy Director General, Ente Nazionale per l'Aviazone Civile (ENAC)


Mr. Earl Lawrence, Director, UAS Integration Office, FAA, United States


Mr. Tan Kah Han, Senior Director for Safety Regulation, Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore

10:45 – 11:15 Coffee Break – Sponsored by: AeroVironment 
11:15 – 12:15

Collaborating to enable safe operations


ModeratorMr. Mike Gadd, Business & Technical Lead UAS & Cyber Programmes, United Kingdom CAA


Panel discussion


Mr. Brian Wynne, President and CEO, Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI)


Mr. Gilberto Lopez Meyer, Senior Vice President, Safety & Flight Operations, IATA


Mr. Jeff Poole, Director General, CANSO


Mr. David Gamper, Director Safety, Technical and Legal Affairs, ACI


Mr. Jan Pie, Chairman, ICCAIA & Secretary General, AeroSpace and Defense Industries Association of Europe (ASD)

12:30 – 14:00 Lunch – Sponsored by:  ESRI 
14:00 – 15:30

Setting the scene


Showcasing a diverse set of current and near-term operations and training experience from around the world that highlight the need for a comprehensive and harmonized regulatory framework to support growth and development.


Moderator: Mr. Catalin Cotrut, Director IATA Audit Programs


Mr. Zdravko Kolev, Research Officer, Frontex, European Border Coast Guard Agency


Mr. Chuck Johnson, Senior Advisor for UAS Integration UAS-NAS Project, NASA


Mr. Ovais Ahmed, Chief, Aviation Safety Section, United Nations


Mr. Brandon Suarez, Senior Staff Engineer, General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc.  

15:30 – 16:00 Coffee Break  
16:00 – 17:30

Status of the regulatory framework


Moderator: Mr. Vladimir Zubkov, Secretary General, The International Air Cargo Association (TIACA)


Ms. Leslie Cary, RPAS Programme Manager, ICAO


Mr. Michael W. Brown, Aviation Safety Analyst, FAA, United States


Mr. Yves Morier, Director for Civil Aviation and UAS, EASA


Mr. Mike Lissone, Secretary General, Joint Authorities on Rule-making for Unmanned Systems (JARUS)

End of Day 1

DAY 2 – Wednesday, 20 September 2017
09:00 – 09:10 Opening remarks:  Ms. Leslie Cary, RPAS Programme Manager, ICAO Air Navigation Bureau  
09:10 – 10:30

Competency-based training and assessment – What is it and why?


Moderator: Mr. Farid Zizi, Scientific Advisor International Affairs, DGAC France


Ms. Ashley Lauryssen, Senior Training Expert, EUROCONTROL


Ms. Nicole Barrette-Sabourin, ICAO (retired)


Dr. Brent Terwilliger, Masters of Science, Unmanned Systems Program Chair, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University


Mr.Timothy Schoenauer, Global MPL Leader, CAE Ab Initio Training, Civil Division 

10:30 – 11:00 Coffee Break – Sponsored by: IATA 
11:00 – 12:15

What will competency-based training look like?


ModeratorMr. Farid Zizi, Scientific Advisor International Affairs, DGAC France



Mr. David Hansell, Aviation Policy, Facebook


Mr. Edwin Kimzey,  Pilot, Test Operations, General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc.


Mr. Stuart McGlynn,  Regulatory Policy & Flight Permissions, Cyberhawk Innovations Ltd.


Ms. Nicole Barrette-Sabourin, ICAO (retired)


Ms. Ashley Lauryssen, Senior Training Expert, EUROCONTROL


12:15 – 12:30 Lunch – Sponsored by Thales
14:00 – 15:30

Licensing Authority – What does competency-based assessment mean to the licensing authority inspectors?


Moderator: Mr. Jim Dow, ICCAIA Air Transport Representative to ICAO


Mr. Henry Defalque, Technical Officer, ICAO


Mr. Farid Zizi, Scientific Advisor International Affairs, DGAC France


Mr. Jim Coyne, Technical Director, UAS International


Ms. Wimen Fong, Legal Advisor, ACSA/COCESNA

15:30 – 16:00 Coffee Break 
16:00 – 17:30

RPAS operator responsibilities: Ensuring that staff are trained/competent; and safe planning of operations from start to finish


ModeratorMr. Jim Coyne, Technical Director, UAS International


Mr. Zia Meer, Flight Operations Inspector, South Africa CAA


Mr. Robert Hannaford, Technical Director, UAV & Drone Solutions Ltd.


Mr. Mike Gadd, Business and Technical Lead UAS and Cyber Programmes, United Kingdom CAA


Mr. Nick Rogers, CRTO/Co-founder, Sky-Futures

End of Day 2

DAY 3 – Thursday, 21 September 2017
09:00 – 09:10 Opening remarks: Ms. Leslie Cary, RPAS Programme Manager, ICAO Air Navigation Bureau
09:10 – 10:30

ATM – What does the introduction of RPAS mean to the ATM environment?


ModeratorMr. Chris Dalton, Chief of Airspace Management & Optimization Section, ICAO


Mr. Mike Lissone, UAS ATM Integration Manager, EUROCONTROL


Mr. Robert Stallard, IFATCA


Mr. Rob Eagles, Director Infrastructure, IATA


Captain Jim Pala, IFALPA


Mr. Doug Davis, CANSO

10:30 – 11:00 Coffee Break 
11:00 – 12:30

How do RPAS affect the aviation system as a whole?


ModeratorMr. Miguel Marin, Acting Chief, Operational Safety Section, ICAO


Mr. Randy Willis, Manager, Emerging Technologies Office, FAA United States


Ms. Muriel Preux, Directrice de Project Drones, DGAC France


Mr. Pierre Fossier, Vice President, Chief Technical Officer, Thales


Mr. Lawrence Ley, Integrated Airspace Solutions Portfolio Manager, The Boeing Company

12:30 – 14:00 Lunch
14:00 – 15:00

Upcoming events


ICAO – Drone Enable preview

China – Preview ICAO China RPAS Symposium  
15:00 – 15:30

Summary and Next Steps


Mr. Stephen Creamer, Director, ICAO Air Navigation Bureau 

Thank you to all our speakers for their time and expertise.




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Media Partners


Airport Suppliers

Air Transport Association of Canada

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End of Symposium
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