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This is a workshop that will cover both military and civil training issues related to the deployment of autonomous UAV systems. Using scenarios relevant to both military and civil deployment it will take attendees through the fundamental issues facing all operators.

This workshop will suit both military and civil personnel engaged in the training of UAS crew, and those charged with the design, development and operation of aircraft with significant autonomous behaviour in complex scenarios.


Aspects that will be covered include:

Roadmap to Autonomous UAS Operation

  • History – R&D costs likely to be small compared to the next phase of development
  • Todays technology – costs of developing Communication and Sense and Avoid Systems etc
  • Tomorrows aspirations – where are the saving to be made if any?

Core Operator Skill Training Requirements

  • Aptitude v trained ability
  • Concept of Operations drives level of training
  • Compare Army v RAF Operation
  • Ab initio & Post Grad training
  • Training facilities – system simulation, tactical scenario simulation
  • Testing, Examining, Certification & Licencing of operators
  • Authority to withdraw Licences
  • Governing Bodies/Agencies
 Basic Training Issues for Aircraft System and Human Interaction 
  • Current training best practice approach
  • Not all Systems are created equal! Who or what is autonomous in the system of systems?
  • Authority, responsibility and accountability.
  • Rules of Engagement
  • Good Airmanship - System vs Human approaches

Understanding Airspace

  • Civil vs Military approach to airspace development and usage
  • Proper use of Reserved Airspace (Temporary)
  • UK Civil approach to airspace change
  • Adopting an effective company airspace usage strategy 

Training for Diverse Operations

  • Getting the basics right
  • Adapting current training practice
  • Single vs multi aircraft systems
  • Team vs Individual learning programmes
  • Centric system bottlenecks
  • Getting the training mix right

Civil/Military Coordination

  • Strategy and planning, differences and similarities
  • Potential Conflicts
  • Authority for conflict resolution – policy and real-time
  • Rules and Regulations
  • Standardisation 

Integrating Manned / Unmanned Operations

  • CoRTS application
  • Human vs system latency
  • Human vs system context drivers
  • Military deployment
  • Civil operations 

Establishing a Standard Approach

  • Basic regulatory approaches
  • Forces/Company approaches
  • Commercial v National defence Interest
  • Developing the necessary insight understanding
  • Training the systems trainers
  • Learning outcomes 

Future issues

  • Future Flight Management/Control
  • Cognitive approaches to UAS operation
  • Transitions – Designing out Human fallibility and electronic intransigence


Tools used in this workshop:
SeCORETM is a basic synthetic environment CORE that lends itself to the investigation and assessment of aircraft flight profiles and dynamics in complex situations. Based on work both within the US and Europe it combines data from various sources (radar, flight telemetry, synthesised flight profiles and man-in-the-loop) allowing scenarios to be developed and analysed.
CoRTSTM is an assessment tool developed as a spin off from the UK ASTRAEA programme. CoRTSTM uses a specially embedded notation within regulatory documents to provide for a Real-Time System assessment capability targeted at both Civil and Military operations. It is particularly suited to issues such s “Rules of Engagement” and “UAS special operations” where a number of issues may be required to be assessed and resolved within a finite timeframe by human operators or computerised autonomous elements within the overall system . Intrinsic to the CoRTSTM approach is the capturing and traceability of Authority, Responsibility and Accountability within a system or systems.
These tools have been kindly provided by (www.jeiaintl.com/aerospace)


About your workshop leaders:


André Clot worked for 10 years on the high level strategy for NATS systems development including engineering systems, training and manpower strategies before embarking for the last 11 years on the design, development and operation of UAV Systems. Key milestones have been as the UK’s first UAS Flight Demonstration Director for the successful Watchkeeper initial trials at ParcAberporth and as the Trials Director for the Light UAS Flight Operations within the UK ASTRAEA Civil programme. He is currently Director of EuroUSC, the first company to be awarded Qualified Entity status for the assessment of Light UAS within the UK and has been a Council Member of the UK’s UAV Trade Association, UAVS, for over 10 years.
Group Captain (Ret'd) Brian Rogers (MBE) has been involved in Aerospace Battle Management, Command and Control (C2) operations and space-based surveillance for most of his Royal Air Force career. As head of the RAF’s School of Fighter Control, and Station Commander RAF Boulmer he shaped the ab-initio and postgraduate training of fighter controllers, surveillance officers and NCOs employed in fixed, deployable and airborne air C2 systems. He was also the project officer for the introduction of the UK’s replacement air defence C2 and deployable 3D radar systems. Prior to retirement, he was Chief Joint Plans at JFHQ Brunssum (NL) responsible for formulating the plan for the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan (ISAF)

Geoff Ambler has an international manufacturing and marketing background across a range of market sectors. For the past 15 years Geoff has been involved with several leading edge aerospace projects including working on the DARPA SSPS programme for JP-5/8 fuelling of propulsion systems for small UAS. In particular Geoff was a member of the IPT applying the technology to the precursor of the Honeywell T-HAWK. Recently Geoff was involved in several aspects of ASTRAEA working with EuroUSC, Cobham and EADS including issues related to UAS training.


Workshop programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Start of Workshop

10:30 Morning Coffee

13:00 Close of Workshop


Crowne Plaza Hotel - St James

Buckingham Gate 45/51
London SW1E 6AF
United Kingdom

Crowne Plaza Hotel - St James



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