JARUS Plenary News Release 2024

JARUS Spring Plenary 2024 Held in Astana, Kazakhstan

JARUS Spring Plenary Meeting released SORA 2.5, introduced new Work Programs, and celebrated the achievements of the WG-AUTO CONOPS. JARUS welcomed Armenia, Kyrgyzstan, and Mongolia as new member authorities.

ASTANA, KAZAKHSTAN – The JARUS Spring Plenary Meeting, hosted by the Aviation Administration of Kazakhstan from May 13 to 17, 2024, marked the first in-person meeting of 2024. About 120 officials, experts, and industry representatives from more than 30 countries and international organizations attended the five-day meeting, both in person and online. The event released the important SORA 2.5 package, welcomed three new member states, and signed a significant Memorandum of Understanding with ACI World.

JARUS Leadership at the meeting included JARUS Chair Giovanni Di Antonio, ENAC Director of Technological Innovation, Vice-Chair Catalin Radu, Director General of the Kazakhstan Aviation Administration, Vice-Chair Craig Bloch-Hansen from Transport Canada, Secretary General Prof. LIU Hao from Beijing Institute of Technology, Zia Meer, Leader of WG Operation Organization & Personnel from SACAA, Markus Farner, Leader of WG Airworthiness from FOCA, Ami Weisz, Co-leader of WG Airworthiness from the Civil Aviation Authority Israel, and Joerg Dittrich, Leader of WG Safety Risk Management from DLR/LBA.

The Vice-Minister of Transport of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Maksat Kaliakparov, and Ms. Saltanat Tompiyeva, Chairman of CAC, welcomed the JARUS community to Kazakhstan, highlighting the crucial role of JARUS in addressing the challenges of UAS and eVTOL sector integration into the airspace.

Working Group Updates:

– WG OPS ORG & PERS: Leader Zia Meer presented updates on Remote Pilot Competency (RPC) requirements and assessments for Category B Operations. The WG is developing an Operations Manual template with supporting guidance in line with SORA Annex A, A3.

– WG AW: Leader Markus Farner reported on CS-HAPS and CS-UAS, Annex C for High Complex Systems (HCS), and presented results from the tasks “Mapping of the EASA and FAA rules to the ICAO Model Regulation in the specific category” and “Comparison of the FAA Associated Elements and the EASA Control and Monitoring Unit.”

– WG SRM: Leader Joerg Dittrich updated on the SORA 2.5 Package and presented the SORA 3.0 work plan.

– WG AUTO CONOPS: Leader Craig Bloch-Hansen updated on the publication of “Methodology for Evaluation of Automation of UAS Operations” and the Whitepaper “Considerations for Automation of the Airspace Environment” on the JARUS website. Roberto Gándara from AESA Spain updated on use case demonstrations of the JARUS Automation evaluation methodology.

The Secretariat presented the JARUS ToR ver 8.2 update and called for nominations for JARUS Vice-Chair for the Americas. 

ISB (Industry & Stakeholder Body)proposed two new work items following the Ottawa Plenary 2023: roles and responsibilities related to RPAS airspace integration and OEM related activities.

Key Contributions:

– Professor Dr. Andreas Papatheodorou, executive board member of the Hellenic Civil Aviation Authority, discussed the prospects for tourism development through Advanced Air Mobility.

David Cole, CEO of Flyfreely, presented industry perspectives on SORA usage and adoption from Australia.

Yvette Lawrenson from Windracers Group explored the role of unmanned aviation in humanitarian aid delivery.

With the acceptance of three new member states, the number of JARUS member states has reached 69. Armenia, Kyrgyzstan, and Mongolia sent delegations to the JARUS Plenary, where they officially presented their Letters of Accession to JARUS.

In the presence of Mr. Maksat Kaliakparov, Vice-Minister of Transport of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Ms. Saltanat Tompiyeva, Chairman of CAC, Mr. Giovanni Di Antonio, JARUS Chair, Mr. Catalin Radu, JARUS Vice-Chair, and various JARUS Plenary participants, local UAS operators, government authority guests, and airport representatives, JARUS Secretary General Prof. LIU Hao signed the Letters of Confirmation for JARUS Membership and officially welcomed the three new member authorities.

JARUS believes that the inclusion of Armenia, Kyrgyzstan, and Mongolia will bring significant value to the organization. This expansion will provide these new members with access to a wider community of highly skilled UAS professionals, benefiting UAS stakeholders by fostering seamless innovation and maintaining high safety standards.

On May 14, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed by ACI Director General Luis Felipe de Oliveira and JARUS Chair Giovanni Di Antonio. This MoU establishes cooperation on unmanned aviation, advanced air mobility, vertiports, and promotes the Safety, Security, Efficiency, and Sustainable Development of civil aviation.

ACI represents the collective interests of airports around the world to promote excellence in the aviation industry. ACI does this by working with governments, regional ACI Offices, experts, and international organizations like ICAO to develop policies, programs, and best practices that advance airport standards globally.

On the final day, Secretary General Prof. LIU Hao provided an update on the UAS industry and regulatory progress in China. 

Frédéric Malaud, Chief of ICAO RPAS Section, and Thomas Bombaert, Secretary of the AAM Study Group, joined the Plenary remotely to provide updates on ICAO’s progress on related topics. ICAO reaffirmed that its coordination with JARUS is well established and ongoing. Thomas Bombaert also shared the latest developments from the AAM Study Group.

These updates underscore the strong and productive collaboration between ICAO and JARUS, paving the way for continued cooperation and joint efforts to advance the safe and efficient integration of UAS and AAM into global airspace.

The JARUS Plenary concluded with the announcement of the next plenary, to be held from November 18 to 22, 2024, in Vienna, Austria. 

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