Westminster eForum

The future for UK drones policy - regulation, innovation and commercial application

Morning, Tuesday, 11th September 2018

Central London

THIS EVENT IS CPD CERTIFIED



This timely seminar will consider the future for UK drones policy, discussing the new regulatory system, investment in innovation, and the opportunities for commercial and public service application of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) in the UK.


The agenda includes contributions from Dr Eamonn Beirne, Head of Emerging Aviation Technologies, Department for Transport and Louis Barson, Head, Future Sectors, Business Growth Directorate, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.


The conference takes place in the context of the Draft Drone Bill currently making its way through Parliament and the European Aviation Safety Agency proposed regulatory framework for drones, as well as further policy initiatives including Project Chatham - the Government’s Data Project aimed to improve geo-fencing so that inbuilt drone technology can restrict entry into no-fly zones - and amendments to the Air Navigation Order (ANO) aimed at creating the powers necessary for registration.


Overall, areas for discussion include:


  • Policy priorities - creating a new regulatory framework for drones in the UK  that keeps pace with technological change;
  • Safety and regulation - key issues for licensing, enforcement, cyber security and privacy;
  • Applications - exploring the potential uses for UAS in the UK;
  • Enabling sector growth - priorities for testing, geo-fencing and insurance; and
  • Innovation and development policy - how can the UK provide a world-leading environment for the sector to thrive.


Guests of Honour

Dr Eamonn Beirne

Head, Emerging Aviation Technologies, Department for Transport

Louis Barson

Head, Future Sectors, Business Growth Directorate, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

Guests of Honour

Louis Barson

Head, Future Sectors, Business Growth Directorate, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

Dr Eamonn Beirne

Head, Emerging Aviation Technologies, Department for Transport

Speakers

Andrew Sage

Account Director, Airlines and Airspace, National Air Traffic Services

Dr Yoge Patel

Chief Executive Officer, Blue Bear

Nishita Dewan

Project Lead, Flying High Challenge, Nesta

Claire Temple

Associate Director, Commercial and Regulatory Disputes, Osborne Clarke

Gareth Sumner

Foresight Manager, Transport for London