Inspectie Leefomgeving & Transport (ILT) (CAA), The Netherlands
Born in 1968, I became interested in aviation at a young age. While my father was working for KLM Airlines, I regularly joined him on trips around the world. My affection for aviation further developed during military service with Air Traffic Control at the Royal Dutch Air Force and after actually taking control of an aircraft for the first time, I knew flying was the thing for me. During the next 25 years, I worked as a pilot for a number of airlines and freighters and throughout my flying career, I have always enjoyed the combination of flying the line with company responsibilities on the ground. Most of these jobs related to the development, implementation & maintenance of Safety Management Systems and Crew Resource Management Training Programmes. A true team player, I am particularly interested in human factors related to safety & company culture. After thoroughly addressing these issues within a company, they usually offer the largest safety gains. During the financial crises, I joined the realm of unmanned aviation. For the last 3 years I work as a Senior Inspector at the CAA in The Netherlands, finding a challenge in helping to structure and facilitate the safe operation of unmanned aircraft.
Interoperability is the property that allows for the unrestricted sharing of resources between different systems. Standardization is a framework of agreements to which all relevant parties in an industry or organization must adhere to ensure that all processes associated with the creation of a good or performance of a service are performed within set guidelines. Without standardization, interoperability is impossible. EASA’s rightful ambition is to harmonize the implementation of UAS regulation across the EU and to foster a European market for UAS. Not surprisingly, the European Basic Regulation for common rules in civil aviation states that the principal objective is to establish and maintain a high uniform level of civil aviation safety in the EU. The Regulation therefore aims to facilitate, the free movement of goods, persons, services and capital, providing a level playing field for all actors in the internal aviation market, and improve the competitiveness of the EU’s aviation industry. From an interoperability and standardization perspective in the field of unmanned aviation, what elements may by identified as essential for the Regulation to reach its objective and what are the benefits of a well-communicated and commonly agreed interpretation of relevant articles? In this lecture, I plead to further increase international cooperation and proactively find solutions for problems as a team, rather than individually just addressing them.