In 1998, after ten years at the UK National Air Traffic Service, Andre founded the UAVS Association’s which led the industry input to the early development of the United Kingdom RPAS regulation and its formulation into CAP 722. Latterly he was commissioned to provide the first Civil RPAS Pilot Competency Qualification by the UK CAA known as the BNUC-S. From 2002 to 2004 he was the rapporteur for the Safety and Security working group of the JAA/Eurocontrol UAV Task Force whose report became the basis for the newly formed European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). He is a former chairman of the Royal Aeronautical Society’s UAS Specialist Group and was Vice Chairman of EUROCAE WG93 on Light RPAS standards for three years. André has been working on RPAS Concepts of Operation as an advisor to Eurocontrol since 2014 on the ICAO RPAS Panel and JARUS working groups.
He is a non-executive member of the Board of Directors of UVS International, Chairman of AQE and the Centre Director for EuroUSC which is a group of standards and safety assessment organisations for RPAS Operations, Airworthiness and Pilot Qualifications that operates globally.
Despite best efforts, the development of a standard for Pilot Training and Qualification has eluded European Civil Aviation Authorities. Each country has adopted different national standards and approaches to qualifying pilots for the operation of UAS/RPAS/Drones below 25kg. This makes operating an effective Flight School very difficult in a Global context. In 2010 EuroUSC published the Basic National UAS Certificate and this formed the basis for the accreditation of the first Civil RPAS Training School in the UK by EuroUSC. Subsequently the development of the Light UAS Scheme Flight Crew Licensing standard (LUASS-FCL) for Visual Line of Sight Operations in 2014 has seen a more progressive move towards the standardisation of Flight Schools and the general acceptance of the BNUC-S standard as a professional qualification in over 20 countries. This solid support provided to the RPAS industry has enabled many operators to gain Permissions from many National Aviation Authorities enabling them to grow their businesses effectively across national boundaries. The road ahead for the BNUC-S incorporates the EASA CONOPS and is now available in five languages (English, Dutch, French, Italian and Spanish). Last month the first BNUC-S course was given in South America in Spanish. Two further versions due for release in the spring of 2017 will be in Indonesian and Chinese in order to support EuroUSC’s growing presence in South East Asia. This now makes it possible to ensure that Flight Schools operating to the BNUC-S Standard can offer a global reach for their customers whilst ensuring National perspectives and language differences can be catered for.