Management of UAS Workshop
16-17 June 2021
Putting their mutual interest to initiate a series of technical cooperation exchanges into action, the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport (MOLIT) of the Republic of Korea (ROK) held a first workshop on the management of Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) from 16 to 17 June 2021. The workshop brought together technical experts from EASA’s Drone Section and MOLIT’s Drone Transport Division, Advanced Aviation Division and Airworthiness Division, to discuss their respective regulatory framework and rule-making developments in the UAS domain. It was attended by more than thirty participants in total, including representatives from the Korea Institute of Aviation Safety and Technology (KIAST).
Over the course of two online meeting sessions, the experts discussed different risk categories for UAS operations, UAS traffic management (UTM) systems, approaches to artificial intelligence and machine learning in aviation, prospective rulemaking timelines, demonstration projects, and certification processes for UAS, among others. Upon presenting their respective systems, the European and Korean participants identified several topics of interest for extended cooperation.
Given the fast-paced nature of the UAS sector development, both EASA and MOLIT recognise the need and importance of timely International cooperation. In conclusion of this workshop, participants agreed to continue exchanges on specific subtopics within this domain.
This workshop was the first activity paving the way for EU-Korea technical cooperation under the framework of an EU-ROK Aviation Partnership Project (APP). EASA and MOLIT are eager to implement more activities together, also outside the domain of UAS, affirming their high prospects for EU-Korea civil aviation cooperation.