As EASA RPAS Technologies Expert Antonio Marchetto is involved on regulatory as well as certification activities in the civil unmanned aircrafts domain. He has been particularly engaged in the process leading to the publication of the Agency’s technical opinion on a regulatory framework for the operation of unmanned aircrafts and in the elaboration of the prototype regulation on unmanned aircraft operation. Before joining the Agency he worked for several years in the military unmanned aircraft domain being deeply involved in the nEUROn program and, previously, in the UAS demonstrator program Sky-X. He formerly carried out systems design, development and certification activities for several other programs, such as the C27-J airlifter and the Eurofighter. He holds a degree in Electronics Engineering from the Turin Polytechnic and a Master in Technology Management from the Stetson School of Business and Economics of Mercer University, Atlanta.
On 7 December 2015 a proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the European Council on common rules in the field of civil aviation was published by the European Commission (European Aviation Package). This initiative is part of the 2015 European Commission’s ‘Aviation Strategy to Enhance the Competitiveness of the EU Aviation Sector’. Its objective is to prepare the EU aviation safety regulatory framework for the challenges of the next ten to fifteen years and thus to continue to ensure safe, secure & environmentally friendly air transport for passengers and the general public. This initiative builds on over twelve years of experience in the implementation of Regulation (EC) No 216/2008 & its predecessor. This proposal must also be seen in the context of the Commission priorities of fostering jobs & growth, developing the internal market and strengthening Europe’s role as a global actor. This initiative aims at contributing to a competitive European aviation industry and aeronautical manufacturing, which generates high value-jobs and drives technological innovation. It will create an effective regulatory framework for the integration of new business models & emerging technologies. In particular this initiative proposes to create a Union framework for the safe integration of RPA into the European airspace. This presentation will highlight the major points pertaining to RPAS and will explain the way forward. This presentation will also take into account the comments to the «prototype» rules for drone operations received by EASA, subsequent to the publication of these rules in August 2016, as well as the conclusions of the RPAS stakeholders workshop on 24 Oct. 2016.