Cristina Cuerno


Cuerno-Rejado-Cristina_UPM_ES  UPM_ES

Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM), Spain – On behalf of SDC Group 1: Technology & Security

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Cristina Cuerno-Rejado is a PhD, Aeronautical Engineer and Full Professor of Aerospace Engineering in the Department of Aircraft and Space Vehicles of the School of Aeronautical and Space Engineering (ETSIAE), of Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM). She is also the Director of the Chair «Airbus Group of Aerospace Studies». Since 2010 she has made these tasks compatible with being member of the Board of the Civil Aviation Air Accidents and Incidents Investigation Commission of Spain (CIAIAC – Ministry of Development). In addition, she is a member of the Executive Committee of the RPAS Advisory Commission of AESA, and leader of the Technology and Security Working Group. Her main lines of research and teaching activity are focused on the conceptual design of commercial transport aircraft and unmanned aircraft, having taken part in more than 50 projects and research contracts and having published, among articles, lectures at conferences and books, more than one hundred scientific documents.


The Spanish Air Safety and Security National Agency (Agencia Estatal de Seguridad Aérea) AESA, as the national civil aviation safety authority, taking into account the needs of civil aviation, has established a RPAS Advisory Commission. This Commission has been created in order to ensure the consideration of the initiatives, the needs, as well as the technical knowledge of the different actors involved in RPAS field with the objective of enhancing the best possible RPAS aviation and associated market. This RPAS Advisory Commission has to serve as a forum for the exchange of opinions and information in support of the development of the RPAS sector. In addition, it has to support the promotion of meetings, congresses, exhibitions, etc. and the participation of the different participants in the Commission in such events. At the same time, the commission has to consolidate the needs, knowledge and availability of the sector for the development of the RPAS sector in order to take advantage of the possibilities it represents for the Spanish economy, as well as acting as technical advisory body and adviser to RPAS for AESA. For reaching those objectives, there have been established three permanent working groups inside the Commission devoted to technology and physical safety (WG1); operations, regulations and use cases (WG2); and support and promotion (WG3). Additionally, and upon demand, temporary working groups and specialized subgroups can be tasked for specific topics. The WG1 mainly has to carry out and coordinate the work related to technology and safety of RPAS carried out by the Commission for the preparation of guides, technical documents and proposals to regulatory bodies at national and international level. For such objectives, it is subdivided into three subgroups, focused on RPAS specifications (WG1.1), minimum safety requirements and system certification (WG1.2), and C3 and cybersecurity (WG1.3). The purpose of this conference is to present the objectives of creation of the RPAS Advisory Commission of AESA and more specifically, the objectives of WG1 as well as the first results obtained that have allowed the publication of a set of AMCs that will allow the correct implementation of the Spanish regulation on RPAS in an orderly and efficient manner.

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