Rob van Nieuwland

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Graduated as engineer in 1985 at Technical University of Delft, Technical Physics; End study topic: particle movement in turbulent airflow. Worked at TNO Defense and Security for 23 years as a researcher, project manager, program manager, business developer, account manager in the fields of military aerospace and national security. Since 2009 raised In2Nova to work in the field of aerospace related innovations, mainly focussing on improving the conditions and associational aspects to give unmanned aircraft operations a change to develop. Contributed to project proposals for several innovative RPAS developments in The Netherlands, (recently a EU-Interreg project ICAReS) a.o. to raise a RPAS knowledge centre. As a project manager contributed to the projects ‘UAS Maintenance Valley’ and ‘3i’  by raising the awareness about the potential of using RPAS at end users level by organising roundtable conferences. Became a non-executive member of UVS international board of directors member in 2011. Co-produced  two versions of the national UAS-event in The Netherlands.Initiated and raised the Dutch Association for RPAS operators and constructors, DARPAS, in Nov. 2012. Now acting as the president of DARPAS contributing to various meetings with other aerospace communities in The Netherlands, the Dutch government and politicians. Also performing as a DARPAS spokesman for the media.


This presentation will give short description of the situation in the Netherlands on how to operate as a professional drone-operator. Dilemma’s w.r.t. current regulations, like slow processes, too stringent rules for professional operators, many illegal operators …   Processes to change the urgent situation at national level, Benelux ++ Initiative, EASA-prototype rules.