The UAS Specialist Group had an extremely active 2014, and with the theme of the 2015-2016 Presidential year - 'Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems', the group looks set to be increasingly busy in the near and distant future. A full report on the activity of the UAS Group in 2014 can be viewed here -  UAS 2014 Report 

The Royal Aeronautical Society also welcomed the opportunity to provide evidence to the House of Lords inquiry on Civil use of Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems. As the UK’s learned society for the aerospace and aviation community, we support the Committee’s conclusion that the Commission should fully support the creation of an internal market for RPAS in Europe. We acknowledge the move towards adopting a risk-based approach to safety regulation, and that the introduction of this technology be supported by regulations that are focussed on proportionate RPAS airworthiness, safety, and continued airworthiness. In addition, investment should be made in enabling RPAS technologies such as payload/sensor miniaturisation, power/battery technologies, data management, RPAS pilot qualification and training, and airspace integration.

Workshops

A number of workshops are being coordinated in 2015 by the UAS Group to tackle some of the key issues around remotely piloted aircraft systems. 

Detect and Avoid - Enabling Safe RPAS Operations Beyond Visual Line of Sight 
31 March 2015, London
The workshop will focus on the requirements for Detect and Avoid systems for unmanned and manned, civil and military platforms. Recognising the work of EUROCAE Working Group 73 in this area, the workshop objectives are to provide attendees with overview of  EUROCAE WG73 Traffic Awareness & Collision Avoidance System (TAACAS) Draft standard  for Collision avoidance in  Controlled airspace. 

RPAS and Airworthiness
7 May
Details TBC

Civil Unmanned Aerial Vehicles: Societal Implications and Issues
11 June 2015, London
The objective is to start to tackle a series of issues which do not relate to technical regulation (airworthiness, detect and avoid) as covered by other UAS workshops in 2015 but which may be of relevance to the general public, and which do not seem to be part of the agenda of many events concerning UAS at this stage. 

Conferences

Delivering Weapon System Effects: The Contrast Between Piloted and Remotely-Piloted Platforms
2 June 2015, QinetiQ Malvern
This Weapon Systems conference aims to provide an opportunity to discuss the context and rationale of using future platforms for which weapon systems could be developed. 

RPAS Achievements and Challenges
7 - 8 October, London 
The 2015 President's Conference will provide a strategic view of the growth in Remotely Piloted Aircraft System. The conference will provide the opportunity for users, manufacturers and regulators to engage in an unbiased discussion on growing national and international UAS activity, placing the annual RAeS UAS Conference as the premier UAS event.

Lectures
The UAS Group provided a useful update on the RPAS Applications at lecture held in March at the Royal Aeronautical Society HQ. You can listen to, or download this lecture via the player below. 

2016 Black Tie Debate
On the 12 January 2016, we will open the Society's 2016 150th year celebrations with a Black Tie Debate, considering the motion - "This House believes there will be no need for pilots 40 years from now". The debate will be supported and opposed by a number of high profile speakers from industry and will be compered by a high profile (TV/radio) professional (tbc). Further details will be made available throughout the course of 2016. 

Do you want to be a 'Drone Entrepreneur'?
The innovative small commercial UAV (or RPAS) sector is expanding at a phenomenal rate. But how do you go about setting up and running your own UAV operator company? AEROSPACE'S Editor in Chief, Tim Robinson gets expert advice and outlines what to consider here... 

Conferences and Events
16 March 2015