RPAS C2 Communications

1 March 2016

Royal Aeronautical Society


This one day event will provide an opportunity for RPAS communication service providers and RPAS operators to share ideas on communications needs and options to support the expected growth in RPAS activity, especially but not exclusively in the Low Level and Urban scenarios. 

The event will begin with an overview of the regulatory environment and a view of the expected spectrum requirements that the regulators are anticipating. It will continue with  presentations on a range of specific solutions and operational considerations. 

Topics to be covered include:

  • Emerging EASA regulatory thinking – impact on communications;
  • Spectrum management – what spectrum can be used, emerging standards, do's and don'ts of applying for a frequency
  • Communications service requirements – support of RPAS and autonomous aircraft, technology enablers for swarms, navigation, identification, and geo-fencing;
  • Security implications - from wireless physical layer security to system cyber- security;
  • Communications – satellite communications, 4G and future 5G cellular mobile services, secure machine-to-machine communications for RPAS management
  • Integration in to the existing  civil and state aviation environment – integration with air-traffic management services, emergency services and disaster recovery, and military systems.


To view the programme click here.   


John Mettrop, Spectrum Manager, CAA

Mansoor Hanif, Director of RAN Development, EE

Mike Holdsworth, Product, Delivery Specialist, Inmarsat

Andrew Cutting, Spectrum Policy Advisor, Ofcom

Phil Binks, Defence ATC Strategy Lead, NATS

Dr Joe Barnard, Managing Director, Barnard Microsystems

Dr Alistair Munro, Communications and Security Expert, Airbus

Attendees will gain a good understanding of current spectrum availability and restrictions, future requirements of operators and RPAS end users as well as new approaches to meeting those requirements. There will be opportunity for discussion of current and anticipated needs and possible solutions. 

A Follow up event related to RPAS(Drone) registration, identification and approaches to low level air traffic control is scheduled for May 24 and a further half day workshop on RPAS Human factors on 28 April.  

Register online or by completing the booking form and returning it to the RAeS Conference and Events Department via email to conference@aerosociety.com


Non-Member: £110 + VAT

RAeS Corporate Partner: £90 + VAT

SME Rate: £90 + VAT

RAeS Member: £75 + VAT


Royal Aeronautical Society