Aviation

U-space in Practice: From Lessons Learned to Future Challenges | 10 April 2024

Join us to make an initial status update of the U-space Regulation, one year after it became applicable This event “U-space in Practice: From Lessons Learned to Future Challenges” is organised by the Belgian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Mobility, Mr Georges Gilkinet, in collaboration with EUROCONTROL and EASA.

Event details 

This event is hosted by the Port of Antwerp-Bruges. 

Do you have any questions? Contact us at be24eventaviation@mobilit.fgov.be.

Goal

Drones offer a wide range of possibilities, particularly as a promising alternative in terms of modal shift. By supporting a safe, secure, and efficient integration in airspace the implementation of the U-space Regulation is considered a key enabler for the emergence of the drone sector.

Adopted in 2021, the U-space Regulation became applicable in 2023. The objective of this U-space event is to provide a status update on the implementation of the regulation from a regulatory perspective.

Firstly, the event will provide a general overview of the implementation of the U-space Regulation across Europe. Then, lessons learned from three countries will be presented. Finally, you will be invited to engage in insightful panel discussions on the challenges of “emerging European U-space market players” and of “social acceptance”.

Provisional programme

The speeches and panels to be held during the one-day event will feature high-level guests such as the Acting Executive Director of the European Union Aviation Safety Agency.

8:30 Registration and welcome coffee
Introduction
9:30

Opening and welcome speeches 

Mr Munish KHURANA, Senior Manager – Business Development ATM/UTM, EUROCONTROL, Master of Ceremonies

Mr Erwin VERSTRAELEN, Chief Digital & Innovation Officer, Port of Antwerp-Bruges

Mr Georges GILKINET, Belgian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Mobility

 

Current state of play
9:55

Implementing the Drone Strategy 2.0 - where do we stand?

Mr Joachim LUECKING, Head of Unit Aviation Safety, European Commission

10:10

Implementation of the U-space Regulation: first results from the EASA survey

Mr Luc TYTGAT, High Representative of the Executive Director, European Union Aviation Safety Agency

10:25

Integration of the UAS into airspace 

Mr Raúl MEDINA, Director General, EUROCONTROL

10:40 Coffee break
Lessons learned
11:10

Lessons learned

Mr Antoine MARTIN, Advanced ATM Officer, Direction générale de l’aviation civile (French CAA)

11:25

Lessons learned

Ms Larissa HAAS, Policy coordinator Strategy and Innovation unit, Federal Office of Civil Aviation Switzerland

Mr Marcel KÄGI, Director Aviation Policy and Strategy Division, Federal Office of Civil Aviation Switzerland

11:40

Burdi project

Mr Luc ANTOON, UTM Manager, skeyes

12:00

Use cases

Use case 1 “The Port of Antwerp-Bruges drone-ecosystem:  One year of BVLOS drone flights”, Port of Antwerp-Bruges

Use case 2 “Why we need U-space now”, Jean-Pierre DE MUYT, Head of Regulatory Affairs, SkeyDrone

12:20 Walking lunch
Future challenges
13:40 Q&A of the morning
13:50

Panel 1: Challenges of emerging European U-space market players

Introductory remark by the moderator

Mr Munish KHURANA, Senior Manager - Business Development ATM/UTM, EUROCONTROL

Key questions:

  • How can Europe accelerate the implementation of the U-space Regulation?
  • Which levers to activate in order to support the emergence of European players?
  • What challenges do CAAs face?

Panellists

  • Mr David BENITO ASTUDILLO, Director General Aviation, Agencia Estatal de Seguridad Aérea (Spanish CAA)

  • Mr Hendrik-Jan VAN DER GUCHT, Managing Director, SkeyDrone

  • Mr Amit GANJOO, Chief Executive Officer, ANRA Technologies

  • Mr Stéphane VAUBOURG, Drones project manager – U-space, European Union Aviation Safety Agency

  • Mr Wilbert RITSEMA, U-Space Implementation Manager, Ministerie van Infrastructuur en Waterstaat (Dutch DGCA)

15:10 Coffee break
15:40

Panel 2: Challenges of social acceptance

Introductory remark by the moderator

Ms Maria ALGAR RUIZ, Drone Programme Manager, EASA

Key questions:

  • Determinants of social acceptance: Which lessons can be learned from the latest research?
  • How can the U-space Regulation contribute to address these issues? 
  • What obstacles or challenges regarding social acceptance do the CAAs encounter in implementing the U-space Regulation?

Panellists

  • Mr Piotr SAMSON, Director General Aviation, Polish Civil Aviation Agency

  • Mr Vassilis AGOURIDAS, Head of EU Public Co-Creation & Ecosystem Outreach, Airbus

  • Mr Mikael SHAMIM, Chief Executive Officer, Helicus 

  • Mr Andreas BOSCHEN, Executive Director,  SESAR 3 Joint Undertaking

  • Ms Palak PANCHAL, Consultant, Luxmobility

17:00 Q&A of the day
17:10

Conclusion

Mr Koen MILIS, Director General, Belgian Civil Aviation Authority

Mr Munish KHURANASenior Manager – Business Development ATM/UTM, EUROCONTROL, Master of Ceremonies

17:20 Cocktail
18:40 Close of the event

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