Westminster eForum

Commercial drones in the UK - regulation, airspace management, and future use cases

Morning, Friday, 13th December 2019

Central London


This timely seminar will discuss the UK drones policy, the future regulatory system, and the opportunities for commercial application of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) in the UK.

It takes place in the context of the new Drones Bill due to be released later this year.

The conference will provide an opportunity to assess the potential for wider commercial and public sector drone use - including when managing infrastructure assets and supporting emergency services.

Delegates will discuss what more is needed to support the growth of the sector and drive innovation to ensure the UK remains a global leader in innovation and emerging technologies - including the development of the regulatory framework.

The agenda includes case studies on commercial use of drone technology.

Delegates will also discuss what more is needed in terms of technological solutions and enforcement powers to avoid further disruption from rogue use of drones, such as that seen at UK airports in the past year.

We expect discussion on the Government’s response to the Taking Flight: The Future of Drones in the UK consultation earlier this year, which set:

  • out the case for tighter controls around drone use;
  • plans to develop policy related to the Flight Information Notification System (FINS); and
  • an expansion of geo-fencing so that inbuilt drone technology can restrict entry into no-fly zones.

With the Science and Technology Select Committee also conducting an inquiry into Commercial and recreational drone use in the UK - further sessions will provide an opportunity to discuss the evolving landscape in terms of regulation - including the compliance challenges facing drones users in the UK - airspace management and liability.

Keynote Speaker

Dr Eamonn Beirne

Head, Emerging Aviation Technologies, Department for Transport


Tom Chamberlain

Underwriting Manager Aerospace and General Aviation - London, Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty

Jim Cranswick

Director, Unmanned Aviation, Deloitte

Anna Pages-Maso

Senior Systems Engineer, Connected Places Catapult

Tris Dyson

Executive Director, Nesta Challenges

Philip Banks-Welsh

Partner, TMT and Drone Sector, Royds Withy King

Sophie-Louise O’Sullivan

Head, Unmanned Aircraft Systems, Civil Aviation Authority

Senior speaker confirmed from DJI