Coordinating RPAS efforts at the JARUS plenary meeting

21 April 2016

The Joint Authorities for Rulemaking on Unmanned Systems (JARUS) held its first plenary meeting of the year (11-15 April 2016). The event took place in Madrid, Spain and was hosted by the Agencia Estatal de Seguridad Aerea (AESA).

The meeting united experts from 28 out of the 44 JARUS member countries, together with representatives from the newly-formed Stakeholder Consultation Body (SCB).

The plenary was opened by Isabel Maestre Moreno, the Director of AESA, and Jose Maria Ramirez, Coordinator for AESA’s International and Strategic Safety Activities. A series of presentations followed, showcasing the excellent collaboration between EUROCAE and WG6, and the work plan for the seven JARUS Working Groups along with the SCB.

Over the next two days, the JARUS Working Groups met to coordinate their current work on different deliverables and to establish a timeline and work plan that will be published on the JARUS website for the RPAS (Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems) community.

The Technical Working Groups met on 14 April 2016. The group leaders presented their work plans’ current status and outlined their objectives, schedules, coordination with other working groups, scope of work, risks and challenges, deliverables, milestones and conclusions.

The event concluded with two sets of presentations. The national regulators of Japan, the Czech Republic and Italy described their current RPAS legislation; the European Global Navigation Satellite Systems Agency (GSA) shared how the European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service (EGNOS) and the Galileo navigation system have added value for RPAS.


JARUS is a global organisation made up of a group of national experts from the National Aviation Authorities (NAA), Civil Aviation Authorities (CAA), regional aviation safety organisations, EASA and EUROCONTROL.

JARUS’s aim is to make recommendations on operational requirements, technical and safety certification as well as on the safe integration of UAS (Unmanned Aircraft Systems) in airspace and at airfields. It is supported by seven working groups dedicated to the implementation of these recommendations on a national level, while avoiding duplication of effort.

JARUS recently established the Stakeholder Consultation Body (SCB) to support JARUS in reviewing existing regulations, which primarily apply to manned aircraft, to see if they cover the unique features and characteristics of RPAS. The SCB members are representatives from: AUVSI, UVSI, CANSO, COCESNA, IFATCA, IAOPA, IBAC, AIA, ASD, IFALPA, IATA, RTCA and EUROCAE.

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