Remote Pilot Training & Qualification – EU Harmonization is a Must
Katholieke Hogeschool VIVES, Belgium
Rob De Roo graduated in 2006 as Master in Aviation. He first worked a few years as design project manager for a multinational before changing to VIVES University College Department Aeronautics as lecturer and researcher. He teaches RPAS, Human Factors in Aviation, Aircraft Systems & Structures and Aviation Safety in the programs Aviation Technology and Airline Pilot. As researcher, he is specialized in RPAS where he does the project management and coordination of RPAS related projects. The projects have a wide range such as performance optimization, payload selection, platform selection, custom made trainings and consultancy. A few items of his RPAS portfolio: co-founder of BeUAS, guest lecturer, advisor for RPAS Federal Ministry of interior – Civil Defense: platform selection and training, advisor DG ECHO, advisor UN OCHA, organizer of Humanitarian UAV course together with Humanitarian UAV Network and BCAA certified examiner.
EASA’s 2015 Riga declaration states that RPAS need to be treated as new types of aircraft with proportionate rules based on the risk of each operation. It also states that technologies and standards need to be RPAS 2019 – European Civil RPAS Regulation Implementation & U-Space Integration Forum – www.rpas-conference.com skeyes Headquarters – Tervuursesteenweg 3030, BE-1820 Steenokkerzeel, (Brussels) Belgium – 2-4 July 2019 Blyenburgh & Co – 86 rue Michel Ange – FR-75016 Paris, France – Tel.: 33-1-188.8.131.52 – Fax: 33-1-46.51.05.22 email@example.com – www.rps-info.com – www.rpas-regulations.com – Issue Date: 190604 – Page: 8/19 developed for the full integration of drones in the European airspace. Because training is fundamental for a safe operation, one of the major challenge is to obtain an appropriate training system according to the safety level of the operation. If a similar training is used for all operations, there is a risk for either an insufficient training for complex operations (i.e. manual flight in controlled airspace), or a too much training for simple operations (i.e. automated agricultural observations at low altitude in uncontrolled airspace). This can cause either an inappropriate cost inefficient training and demotivated trainees because of missing/useless information, or lack of pilot competence in complex operations. In both situations is the required safety level not achieved. The new EU legislation did not clarify the training requirements for each class although the EASA FCL regulation can easily be used as starting point for EU harmonized and mutual recognized pilot competence.