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RPAS – Safety in the Skies

The Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) Industry is moving at a fast pace and safe airspace integration remains a key challenge for a viable industry.

Over 250 delegates came together at the Australian Association for Unmanned Systems (AAUS) “RPAS in Australian Skies 2019” convention. Held at the National Convention Centre on July 17-18, delegates discussed the safe integration of Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) into the national airspace. Themes included industry challenges and opportunities, policy and regulatory updates from CASA, AirServices Australia and the Australian Defence Force, Airspace and Air Traffic Management, and Training requirements for future RPAS operators.

Greg Tyrrell, Executive Director of the Australian Association for Unmanned Systems (AAUS), pictured with AIS Industry Manager for Aviation, Greg Spence.

The convention also recognised individuals and organisations that have made a significant contribution to the Australian unmanned systems industry, at the AAUS Industry Champion Awards Gala Dinner held on 17 July. Over 120 nominations were received for the five award categories.

LTCOL Keirin Joyce

LTCOL Keirin Joyce (Australian Army) won the Leadership Award for his advocacy work and contribution to improving the commercial and technological viability of the unmanned system industry.

LTCOL Joyce has spent the last 13 years in support of the Army Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) capability including deployment to Iraq and Afghanistan and is currently the Australian Army UAS Sub-Program Manager responsible for all Australian Army UAS activities. Keirin’s leadership has delivered remarkable, tangible benefits to the broader unmanned systems industry in Australia.

Anthony Marsh, Director and Co-Founder of AirAssess, winner of the NextGen Achievement Award – recognising a young individual (under 35 yo) that demonstrates elite capability and leadership in their field within the unmanned systems sector.

Anthony Marsh, Director and Co-Founder of AirAssess

Anthony has worked in the RPAS industry since 2014, ultimately taking the leap from his role as an Aerospace Engineering Officer in the RAAF/CASG in early 2015 to found three companies – Aeroeye, Swoop Aero and AirAssess.

Anthony is also incredibly passionate and active across the RPAS industry volunteering a significant amount of his time to participate in several industry working groups, committees and events, including the Australian Industry Skills RPAS Technical Advisory Committee.

Dr Paul Scully-Power (center), the first Australian-born astronaut in space, pictured at the awards with AIS General Manager – Industry Skills (left) and Greg Spence (right) AIS Industry Manager for Aviation.

Mr Scully-Power, AMFRAeS is an Australian-American oceanographer, technology expert and business executive. In 1984, while a civilian employee of the United States Naval Undersea Warfare Center, he flew aboard NASA Space Shuttle mission STS-41-G as a Payload Specialist.

He is considered a world expert in remote sensing: visible, infra-red, radar and acoustic, as well as a security, aviation and aerospace expert.