Stephan Zass


Federal Ministry of Transport, Germany

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Dr Stephan Zass has been with the Federal Ministry for Transport and digital Infrastructure since 2008. He served as Deputy Head of the Aerodromes Standard Unit until 2014 where he held the position as Rapporteur of the ICAO Heliport Design Working Group. He also participated in the ICAO Rescue & Fire Fighting WG and Visual Aids WG and represented Germany in the ICAO Aerodromes Panel. From 2014-2018 Stephan was Head of the Transport and digital Infrastructure Section of the German Embassy in Washington, D.C., USA, covering all aspects of the ministry’s portfolio. He served as Chair of the Aviation Assembly, the group of the Transportation Attachés of the Washington Embassies, for two years. He resumed working for the Ministry in September 2018 in the unit DG 20 – Artificial Intelligence in Mobility, Digital Innovation, his key responsibility being UAS. Before working at the Ministry Stephan was a researcher in the Institute of Air Transport & Airport Research of the German Aerospace Centre in Cologne. His key topics included airport planning aspects & aircraft noise issues around airports. Alongside his primary job Stephan gave, for several years, lectures for airline management at the International School of Management on campuses in Frankfurt, Hamburg, Munich & Dortmund. Stephan holds a Masters of Arts degree in Economic Geography, Urban/Transportation Planning and Airport Planning of the University of Technology Aachen (RWTH) and a PhD in Geography of the Humboldt University Berlin. He has a private pilot license for single engine NVFR operations.


The German drone council is still young. However, it has proven to be a helpful tool to draft a national drone strategy and to collect the essence of the German drone community. The presentation will visualize the results of the working groups and of the steering committee. The next step will be to channel the activities of the council into a drone strategy that helps the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure to lay out a Drone Strategy that caters to safety aspects and the potential of the new technology in a balanced way. Some crucial aspects of the future strategy will be presented.

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