Eric Gaillard


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Star Engineering, France

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Eric Gaillard (France, born on 16 December 1965) studied micro processor architecture and robotics (1990) at the University of Valence, France. He started his career in Telecom industry, specifically in GSM Mobile Network, acting as Project Manager and Senior Consultant to define and launch innovative value added services around the world. After 13 years of evangelizing how new technologies and new services may differentiate operators in a strong competitive market, he wanted to explore new horizons. Addressing the space domain as a business manager, he was dedicated to complex satellite projects regarding Assembly, Integration and Tests (AIT). In 2007 He launched a small company as Heads of Operations, providing strong and relevant expertise on electrical architecture and electricity in context, for space and aeronautics, especially regarding new «electrical» challenges generated by the introduction of Carbon Fiber to build civil aircrafts. He joined STAR ENGINEERING in July 2018, a French Research Center on Safety, Maintenance, Product Engineering and Reliability for aeronautics, following an Advanced Master’s Degree in Unmanned Aircraft Systems, Services and Management delivered by the Ecole Nationale de l’Aviation Civile (ENAC) in France. He is now in charge to create a dedicated Drone Business Unit within STAR ENGINEERING with the tools and techniques to understand and embrace the drone global value chain while providing bridges between operators, manufacturers and regulatory authorities, and ensuring the transformation of upcoming challenges into opportunities.


How to predict the future of the flight regulation for RPAS/UASs, when this future must consider the flight of a multiple of RPAS/UAS? Flight regulation for RPAS/UAS is in the course of evolution, including establishment of new definitions for flights. The risk assessment methodology has been defined for UAS operations, dealing with UAS “SPECIFIC” Category. This has been recommended by JARUS and has been endorsed EASA. The SORA method (Specific Operation Risk Assessment) is a guide that allows tailoring of the risk assessment of an operation to ensure the best options for mitigation means and thus reduce a risk to an acceptable level. The purpose of this presentation is to describe the concept of a modular structure approach to be introduced inside the SORA methodology, improving the assessment. Currently, standard scenarios will help by increasing repeatability, reducing extra work and improve the consistency of risk assessments, due to the use of combined return of experience. But, this is not sufficient to address all operational cases. The current regulations are being put in place as a reaction to market development; there will be a need to create a scalable way to anticipate the integration of new business models and emerging technologies. Using a modular approach, these can be integrated into an effective regulatory framework. The hope is that the SORA approach remains as simple as possible. If it is accessible and put into practice by the majority of actors and able to evolve to face new demonstration or new service operations, it will be the effective option. The presentation will highlight the major points of the proposed solution and explain the way forward sharing this idea with the different regulatory stakeholders. A swarm of drones illustrates such future evolutions; this is the time to create a swarm movement to build strong proposals in term of regulation.

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