Fédération Professionnelle du Drone Civil (FPDC), France
Stéphane Morelli graduated from Ecole Spéciale Militaire de Saint-Cyr and Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Techniques Avancées. He has retired from the French Army in 2011, after a career dedicated to leadership and military technology. From 2007 to 2009, he commanded the tactical RPAS regiment of the French Army. In 2009, he was assigned as Intelligence and RPAS expert for future programs of the Army. In 2012, he founded Azur Drones, a RPAS civil operator specialized in Energy, Building, Industry and Security sectors. Azur Drones has already performed several missions for major companies of these sectors. In 2013, Stéphane Morelli co-created the FPDC, the French RPAS users association, of which he is President. The FPDC is member of the French Civil Drone Council. Stéphane Morelli is a non-executive member of the UVS International Board of Directors.
The involvement of civilian drone professionals in the work on the future European regulations revealed the difficulty of the authorities to identify the challenges of using drones as innovative tools. These innovative tools require innovative regulations to make the drones accomplish missions that are currently not possible, but which will be crucial in the evolution of the market. FPDC, in cooperation with other European professional associations, wishes to integrate tomorrow’s drone in the regulatory thinking, which would allow to anticipate the design, realization and use of drones, allowing to significantly develop the economy of this new market. This ambition is that of hundreds of SMEs in Europe who want to take advantage of the ongoing debates at EASA to consolidate their investments and make their efforts grow.