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SGS will present "A New Generation of Risk Management" at the RPAS CivOps 2016 conference to be held at the Royal Military Academy, Brussels, Belgium, January 19-20 2016.


January 18, 2016, 23:00


January 19, 2016, 23:00


Brussels, Belgium

RPAS CivOps 2016 is an international conference focusing on regulatory matters for civil RPAS and addressing operational matters, current & future applications, technical & performance requirements, operational experience & announcing the upcoming changes in the European regulatory landscape. Presentations will broaden awareness of the present state of affairs in Europe of current & future RPAS operators, their potential customers, regulatory authorities & RPAS manufacturers, as well as the European Commission and its agencies.

For more information on the conference, please visit RPAS CivOps page.

Speaking on behalf of SGS will be Tracy Lamb, Global RPAS Safety Manager, SGS Hart Aviation

Tracy will be presenting “A New Generation of Risk Management” as part of ‘Session 6 – Solutions for the Safe Integration of RPAS’ on Wednesday, January 20 2016 from 11.45 am to 12.00 pm.

The presentation will outline the challenges and risks posed by the integration of RPAS not only into civil airspace but also commercial space, as well as the critical and multi-dimensional change in the approach to risk management for RPAS. It aims to highlight the importance of corporate responsibility and due diligence in enabling RPAS as part of a commercial operation.

The presentation will also introduce that perhaps a culture shift in the industry is required for its effective advancement. Civil Aviation Regulators in most countries around the world are now approaching a level of uniformity towards establishing regulations, standards and best practices for RPAS operations. Despite existing guidelines, recreational or ‘hobbyists’ drone operators in many countries continue to make the media headlines with their violations into controlled airspace, breaches of sensitive areas, dangerous and annoying stunts at sporting events and public gatherings.

Chaos in the recreational area, unfortunately, has a profound effect on the professional industry. A contributing factor to the chaos is a lack of education about the legalities and safety concerns surrounding the use of RPAS, and users entering into the market with little or no aviation knowledge or training. The current perception of risk in this emerging industry is subjective and varied among academics, policy makers and industry stakeholders alike. When considering using RPAS in the commercial environment, consequential risks must be calculated as part of the total risk value within the risk management framework. The consequential risks and indirect costs are by far the most concerning.

For further information, please contact:

Tracy Lamb
Global RPAS Safety Manager
t: +44 (0)1276 697801
m: +44 (0) 7841 569 558

Ricky Huntley
Regional RPAS Safety Advisor
t: +44 1469 557500
m: +44 7796064121

About SGS

SGS is the world’s leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company. SGS is recognized as the global benchmark for quality and integrity. With more than 80,000 employees, SGS operates a network of over 1,650 offices and laboratories around the world.