Rob van Nieuwland


The Positive Way of Working Together in a National Drone Expert Group & Results

DARPAS, The Netherlands

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Graduated as Technical Physics engineer in 1985 at the Technical University of Delft; End study topic: particle movement in turbulent airflow. Worked at TNO Defence and Security for 23 years as a researcher, project manager, program manager, business developer, account manager in the fields of military aerospace and national security. In 2009 he founded In2Nova to work in the field of aerospace related innovations, mainly focussing on improving the conditions and associational aspects to give unmanned aircraft operations a change to develop. Contributed to project proposals for several innovative RPAS developments in The Netherlands, (recently a EU/Interreg project ICAReS) a.o. to raise a RPAS knowledge centre. As a project manager contributed to the projects ‘UAS Maintenance Valley’ and ‘3i’ by raising the awareness of the potential of using RPAS at end user level by organising roundtable conferences. Became a non-executive member of UVS international board of directors in 2011. Co-produced two versions of the national UAS-event in The Netherlands. Initiated and founded DARPAS, the Dutch Association for RPAS operators and constructors, in Nov. 2012. Now acting as the president of DARPAS contributing to various meetings with other aerospace communities in The Netherlands, as well as the Dutch government and politicians. Also acts as a DARPAS spokesman for the media.


In an informal public- private partnership working together with representatives from government (both policy side and control side including police and defence), ANSP, Rijkswaterstaat, university, national aerospace laboratory, drone branche organisations and advisors we make and evaluate SORA’s to investigate the expansion of workspace for the professional drone industry. The outcome is a SORA with all details being agreed upon in this community, including advices on how to mitigate the perceived risks involved in for example flying above cities. This evaluated SORA is put forward to the CAA who find itself strengthened by the thorough discussions and agreed outcome in this group of experts. With these results in hand the CAA writes a standard scenario, based upon the current drone rules for professionals. This turns out to be a well excepted means to step by step expand the operational boundaries. Operators having an ROC can add to their Operational Handbook all the new procedures and describe how to introduce the concerning mitigation measures indicated in STS’s.


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