Locations / Date

Hoofddorp, Netherlands

18 - 19 April 2018 - available


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RPAS-OPS (Professional operations of Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems)


Regulations for civil use of drones are being developed at an accelerated pace by ICAO, JARUS, EU, EASA and others.

The European approach is:

  • “operation centric” (i.e. the operator is the responsible entity for safety of operations, even in the absence of a formal type certificate for the aircraft);
  • Based on three categories, with a growing level of involvement of the aviation authorities.

The course will focus on what the operators need to know to legally and safely fly drones for non-military purposes, including limitations in the A category, operational risk assessment in B category and RPAS operator certificate in C category.

Course Content

11 lectures of about 50 minutes, plus 2 group exercises, plus 1 hour for final examination: 14 modules of around one hour distributed in 2 consecutive days.

The 11 lectures comprise:

  1. Course introduction and objectives
  2. EASA NPAs and Opinions on Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS)
  3. Operations in Category A (“open”) according to JARUS and EASA
  4. Operations in B (“specific”) category in Europe
  5. ICAO and FAA approach to operations of small UAS
  6. RPAS in  Annex 6, Part IV to the Chicago Convention
  7. Highlights on the OPS requirements from the Joint Authorities for Rulemaking on Unmanned Systems (JARUS-OPS)
  8. Safety Management and responsibilities of Accountable Manager
  9. Specific operations risk assessment (SORA)
  10. Operations Manual
  11. Operations at Very Low Level (VLL; below 500 ft AGL)

In addition to questions and answers at the end, but even solicited during the lectures and availability of the trainer during the breaks, one group exercise per day is planned:

  • identify to which category a certain operation belongs and the related operational limitations;
  • identify main hazards and propose mitigations for a specialised operational scenario.

Learning Objectives

After completing the course:

  • All participants should be able to understand the legal limits of the A, B and C categories, and related regulatory processes;
  • participants from a competent aviation authority should achieve a good understanding of regulation and approval of operations in different categories of non-military drones, based on provisions from  ICAO, JARUS, EU and EASA;
  • participants from an ANSP should be able to understand the variety of drone operations, beyond  ATM issues;
  • participants from operators and pilot training organisations, should be able to understand the regulatory context, in to order to better identify their respective responsibilities and privileges, as well as necessary manuals and other useful tools.

Who should take this course

Aviation professionals feeling the need to receive essential information on the operations of non-military drones, to:

  • Understand the context to fly legally drones in their country, including for commercial purposes;
  • better understand the framework for approval of drone operations and operators; or
  • better understand possibilities for expanding their business in the field of commercial drone operations.

 The target group includes:

  • Middle managers, rulemaking officials and inspectors of CAAs;
  • Middle managers, remote pilots  and other aviation professionals desiring to receive comprehensive, although essential, information to further develop respective careers or knowledge;
  • Entrepreneurs involved, or planning to become involved, in commercial operations of drones or training of remote pilots;
  • Instructors and examiners of remote pilots;

Personnel of Air Navigation Service Providers (ANSPs) wishing to better understand drone operations, from a perspective different from Air Traffic Management (ATM).



  • Good command of English language; and
  • University graduation (bachelor), or 3 years of experience in traditional aviation, or 1 year of experience on drones.


  • Good understanding of the respective roles of institutions, agencies and other entities involved in developing the regulatory framework for drones; and

Having attended the RPAS (Drones) Requirements - Initial training course.


2 days, starting at 09:00 and ending at approximately 17:00 each day