AIA Participates in FAA-EASA International Aviation Safety Conference

As part of the 2016 FAA-European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) International Aviation Safety Conference “Global Partnerships: The Capstone for Safety,” AIA Vice President for Civil Aviation Ali Bahrami moderated a panel on “The Future of Unmanned Aircraft Systems” Tuesday afternoon, June 14. The panel provided aviation officials the opportunity to hear first-hand from key leaders about immediate and long-term issues and challenges to inegration of UAS into national airspaces.


(Left to right: Michael Gallagher of the Padina Group; Tamir Bar-Am of the Civil Aviation Authority of Israel, Luc Tytgat of EASA, Earl Lawrence of FAA and Moderator Ali Bahrami of AIA)

The panel consisted of Michael Gallagher of the Padina Group; Tamir Bar-Am of the Civil Aviation Authority of Israel, Luc Tytgat of EASA and Earl Lawrence of FAA. Each participant discussed the challenges posed by safely integrating UAS into airspace shared with commercial and military manned flights and presented unique perspectives based on their particular experience.

Topics discussed included:

  • The fact that substantial societal benefits of UAS continue to draw attention from regulators, while also requiring a balanced approach between safety and innovation to meet UAS operational demands by new and established entities.
  • Lessons learned among national authorities and how these lessons are being shared between the authorities.
  • The importance of harmonized standards for UAS certification and operations.
  • How industry can be an active partner with national authorities in integrating UAS into their national airspace systems.

The FAA-EASA International Aviation Safety Conference provides “a forum for aviation safety leaders to share new ideas, initiatives and best practices for reducing accident risk through improved technology, infrastructure, shared safety data and analysis, testing, training, and certification.” The end goal is to ensure seamless and safe air transport worldwide through shared commitment, clear communication and collaboration, and harmonized safety standards, policy, and procedures.