Michael Maes has significant experience in different areas of aviation, both manned and unmanned. Initially this was in ATC and Private jet dispatching in manned aviation, and then as unmanned aviation gathered momentum as RPAS Flight Operations Manager for Gatewing – now Delair, a RPAS manufacturer. In this role, Michael provided assistance to customers worldwide enabling RPAS flights. Now as EuroUSC’s Benelux director, liaising with the National Aviation Authorities, Michael is not only developing EuroUSC business across Europe, but is also responsible for the delivery of pilot qualification examinations, the assessment of unmanned aircraft systems and testing of such systems.
Based on EuroUSC-Benelux’s experience on various test sites, its conclusion is that safety hasn’t been addressed on the same level at each test site. Inherent to testing is the prerequisite of flexibility, which is not often the case. This presentation addresses the difficulty of combining safety and flexibility while striving for harmonisation amongst all test ranges.