Christian Janke is currently an Assistant Professor at College of Aeronautics at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University Worldwide and a Research Fellow at the European Aviation Security Center (EASC) in Germany. He holds a Master of Science in Aeronautics (Unmanned Systems) and a diploma in Political Science. Christian has been in military service for 14 years as a helicopter pilot and officer for Public Affairs. His current research focus is on Unmanned Systems, AI, robotics and autonomy. Especially in Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) he focuses on capabilities, business models, and regulatory environment. He is an auditor for Quality Management and has a background in standardization and regulation.
For a safe utilization of RPAS a professional training and licensing of remote pilots is of utmost importance. Currently the domestic regimes in this field are very different and fragmented. Only a comprehensive European approach with a harmonized level of conformity in knowledge and skills of remote pilots will lead to a prospering RPAS industry within the European Union. European wide registration standards and mutual recognition of licenses must be achieved, in order to compete on the worldmarket. Also questions of vetting procedures and insurance, as well as promising best practices worldwide, will be discussed. Furthermore is not to forget that also private and recreational RPAS users need information and awareness, pertinent procedures and tools will also be discussed.