Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems Panel


The Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems Panel coordinates and develops ICAO SARPs, Procedures and guidance material for RPAS, to facilitate a safe, secure and efficient integration of remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) into non­‐segregated airspace and aerodromes.


The RPASP will, in collaboration with other ICAO expert groups, undertake specific studies and subsequently develop provisions to facilitate the safe, secure and efficient integration of RPA into non­‐segregated airspace and aerodromes while maintaining the existing level of safety for manned aviation.

Required expertise

The panel is composed of experts involved in airworthiness (design, production, manufacture, certification, continuing airworthiness, command and control (C2), etc.), RPAS operations (certification, oversight, human performance, RPAS operators, safety management, etc.), personnel licensing (knowledge of pilot and ATCOs licensing), medical requirements, telecommunications for C2 and ATC, detect and avoid (DAA) or surveillance systems including ACAS, GPWS or other safety nets, and ATM.

About the Panel...


Serve as the focal point and coordinator of all ICAO RPAS related work, with the aim of ensuring global interoperability and harmonization, develop an RPAS regulatory concept and associated guidance material to support and guide the regulatory process, review ICAO SARPs, propose amendments and coordinate the development of RPAS SARPs with other ICAO expert groups, assess impacts of proposed provisions on existing manned aviation, coordinate the development of a common position on bandwidth and frequency spectrum requirements for C2 of RPAS for the ITU WRC negotiations.

Working arrangements

The panel is supported by several working groups (at present seven of them), namely command and control (C2), detect and avoid (DAA) and ATM. Specific elements addressed by these working groups are handled via an identified coordination with domain specific expert groups such as the CP and SP. The RPASP liaise with the various groups of experts responsible for other Annexes and disciplines, as appropriate (e.g. CP, SP and ADOP).

Our representative

Mr. Jeffrey D. Richards (United States of America) represents IFATCA on the Panel. Mr. Richards has an extensive knowledge or the RPA domain, has participated to many of the ICAO RPAS Symposia and is also representing the Federation on the UAS Advisory Group (UASAG) at ICAO. He has extensive experience in developing, testing and implementing new airspace with an emphasis on capacity and efficiency. He also represented IFATCA on the ICAO Fatigue Risk Management Systems Task Force (FRMS-TF). While still operationally current at Chicago ARTCC, he currently serves as one of the NATCA Technical Representatives to the FAA for Unmanned Aircraft Systems. Mr. Richards can be reached at [email protected].

(Source: ICAO. (2017). RPASP - Terms of Reference.)