Robert van Nieuwland



DARPAS, The Netherlands

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Graduated as Technical Physics engineer in 1985 at the Technical University of Delft; End study topic: particle movement in turbulent airflow. Worked at TNO Defence 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. In 2009 he founded 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 of the potential of using RPAS at end user level by organising roundtable conferences. Became a non-executive member of UVS international board of directors in 2011. Co-produced two versions of the national UAS-event in The Netherlands. Initiated and founded DARPAS, the Dutch Association for RPAS operators and constructors, in Nov. 2012. Now acting as the president of DARPAS contributing to various meetings with other aerospace communities in The Netherlands, as well as the Dutch government and politicians. Also acts as a DARPAS spokesman for the media.


“Standing strong together”, that was the spirit when starting DARPAS, the Dutch association for professional use of drones, 5 years ago. Practiced in the recent years by contributing to new and adaptation of legislation and by raising awareness and trust about drone use within a diversity of communities, ranging from the airline pilot association to the diverse community of potential users. In the past months we are working to create a national civil drone council. It is constructed by combining and structuring the existing building blocks like formal meetings and consultation structures on Dutch national level. This process is accelerated by the ICAReS project. ICAReS stands for: Innovation Cluster Accelerating Remote Sensing and is an EU Interreg-funded 2Seas programme involving France, England, Belgium & the Netherlands. ICAReS, with its 12 partners is developing a cross border innovation cluster & creating the necessary conditions for innovation in the field of remote sensing and advanced data communication & processing, based on needs of priority sectors nature, agriculture and water & infrastructure. A sustainable innovation cluster will lead to following benefits: cross border cooperation in these sectors to come to aggregation of demands, accelerating of creation of innovative remote sensing products & services, substantial use of remote sensing & improved business operation in these sectors, clarification of different national legislations and a joint lobby for better regulations to create business opportunities. We will achieve these goals by reaching a large group of interested businesses and (potential) customers and bring them together by organising events as workshops and demonstrations next to creating a common knowledge base. Because legislation, rules and standards no longer exist on a national level after EU-UAS-rules kick in, we need to coordinate amongst the countries when implementing the new approach. Using existing UVS International initiatives, ICAReS contributes to the creation of an international consultative body like an International drone council. To make such a body a reality, we need your contribution.

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