The ICAO Air Transport Regulation Panel held the inaugural meeting of its new Working Group on international unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) operations on 7-8 Feb 2023 in Singapore. Members of the Singapore UAS Community were invited to make presentations and participate in discussions, alongside some 30 regulators from across the globe. It was an opportunity to explore ideas on what approach should be taken in the economic regulation of international air services involving unmanned aircraft, from delivery “drones” to air taxis and eventually even pilot-less commercial aircraft. Industry was represented by AAIS, Aviation Studies Institute (Singapore University of Technology and Design), Frequentis, Heron Technology, Inmarsat Solutions, Meritus Law, Singapore Flying College, Skyports and Volocopter.

The working group meeting concluded with a field trip coordinated by the Institute of Technical Education (ITE) College Central with the UAS Community. Participants visited the ITE hangar and learnt about the Aerospace certificate and work-study diplomas offered, and Unmanned Aircraft Training Organisation (UATO) certified pilot training programme. They were also treated to the Volocity showcase by Volocopter and a demonstration of the Heron AirBridge UAS Traffic Management (UTM) system.