José Maria (Chema) Ramirez Ciriza obtained a MSc in Aeronautical Engineering from the Polytechnic University of Madrid, joined the Spanish aviation authority (then DGAC) in 1985, where he was assigned different tasks, in the Maintenance and Certification Departments. He was project manager for the certification of various models of large aircraft and Head of the Certification Department. Later he was assigned the task to develop new Departments for quality and safety management. He is representing Spain at EASA Management Board and EASA Committee as alternate member. From 2010 he is International Coordinator at the Spanish Safety Agency.
Spain published an interim RPAS Regulation in july 2014. The presentation will cover the development of the sector under it and the experiences of AESA with its application. The presentation will cover also the new Regulation which has been prepared, which includes requirements to allow additional operations to be performed, and the process for its promulgation.