Jean-Pierre Lentz is civil engineer. He joined SABCA a Belgian aerospace company, where he first worked on space programmes for the European Space Agency. He led in particular the development of a European space suit. Subsequently, Jean-Pierre became assistant to the head of the company, supporting the cost reduction programme and the reorganisation of the company. He joined the European Commission in 1999 as project officer in the aeronautics unit of DG Research. Height years later, Jean-Pierre moved to DG Enterprise, where he worked on Intellectual Property and Space industrial policy. Since 2 years, Jean-Pierre is part of the team leading the work of the European Commission in the area of RPAS.
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.