July 17 – 18, 2019  Canberra


Official Media Partner

The RPAS Industry is moving at a fast pace and safe airspace integration remains a key challenge for a viable industry.

The Australian Association for Unmanned Systems’ “RPAS in Australian Skies 2019” conference is an important strategic event aimed at raising awareness and continuing discussion on the safe integration of RPAS into Australian Airspace.

The Event will be held over 2 days at the National Convention Centre, Canberra

The themes will cover:

  • Policy and Regulatory updates from CASA, AirServices Australia and the Australian Defence Force
  • Airspace and Air Traffic Management (ATM & UTM)
  • Australian very low airspace environment, challenges and opportunities
  • Defence plans for RPAS use in domestic civil airspace
  • Lessons learned from RPAS operations in shared airspace with focus on BVLOS
  • Industry challenges and perspectives
  • Training requirements for future RPAS operators
  • ATSB RPAS data and trends
  • Emerging technology and innovative solutions enabling RPAS integration into Australian airspace
  • Detect and Avoid concepts and emerging standards
  • Future infrastructure requirements to enable drone delivery and urban air mobility.

AAUS events are focused on broadening professional relationships amongst members and key industry end users.

Our events are strongly supported by key Government and Industry players and there will be opportunities to meet with them during the conference and at the conference dinner.


Wednesday July 17, 2019

0900: Reece Clothier (President, AAUS): Welcome Address 

0910: Simon Moore (General Manager, Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities): Policy and Regulation for RPAS as an Emerging Aviation Technology

0935: Luke Gumley (Branch Manager RPAS, CASA)

1000: Michelle Bennetts (Executive General Manager Customer Service Enhancement, AirServices Australia)Safely Managing Australia’s Rapidly Changing Skies

1025: Morning Tea

1050: Greg Hood (Chief Executive Officer, ATSB):

1115: Trent Fulcher (Chief Executive Officer, AirShare): The NZ UTM Experience

1140: Panel Discussion: Developing Government Policy for RPAS (Simon Moore, Luke Gumley, Michelle Bennetts, Greg Hood. Moderated by: Reece Clothier).

1210: Lunch

1300: Brandon Suarez (Technical Director, UAS Civil Airspace Integration, General Atomics Aeronautical Systems)Towards Routine, Global, Commercial RPAS Operations

1330: Michael Allouche (Airworthiness Manager, IAI MALAT)Facing the Challenges of RPAS Airworthiness Certification and Airspace Integration

1400: Jean-Guy Blete (Head of UAV Activity Development, Thales): Geofencing, Identification and Tracking Solutions

1430: Adam Welsh (Head of Public Policy, APAC, DJI): Elevating Safety: Protecting the Skies in the Drone Era

1500: Afternoon Tea

1530: Fred Fernandes (Section Manager Strategic Safety Analysis, CASA)RPAS Sector Risk Profile

1600: WGCDR Nick Dyce-Mcgowan (Deputy Director Regulations, Airworthiness Coordination and Policy Agency, DASA) & MAJ Glenn Pinnuck (DASA)Defence UAS Regulations for the Future

1630: SQNLDR Ian Taylor (Department of Defence): Air Force Considerations regarding Integration of Large RPAS into Australian National Airspace

1700: End Day 1

Thursday July 18, 2019

0900: Michael Nas (Principal Associate, Bennett + Co): The Winds of Change: Navigating the Future Legal Environment for Drones

0920: Wayne Condon (Chief Executive Officer, UAV Training Australia): Training Requirements for Future RPAS Operators

0940: Ross Anderson (Managing Director, Aviassist) & Rowan Kimber (Aviassist): Enabling  RPAS Organisations to perform into the Future

1000: David Mann (General Manager, UAVAIR): Large Student MRUAS Training Programs – Successes and Challenges

1020: Panel Discussion: Skilling our Future (Michael Nas, Wayne Condon, Ross Anderson, Rowan Kimber and David Mann)

1045: Morning Tea

1110: Clem Newton-Brown (Director, Skyportz): Delivering the Infrastructure of the Future

1140: Frank Erb (Director, Digital Aviation Market Development, Asia Pacific, Thales): Low Altitude Airspace Management – Enabling Safe Growth of the RPAS Industry

1210: Rory Houston (Chief Executive Officer, Skyy Network): An Alternate, Decentralised UTM Architecture

1240: Lunch

1330: Maurice Gonella (Vice President Australia, AVT Australia): The EyeSpy See and Avoid Prototype System – Initial FIndings

1355: Brooke Tapsall (Managing Director, DroneALERT & AGICS): Using Artificial Intelligence for Drone Recognition

1420: Greg Dunstone (Uavionix Australia): Mode S Transponders and ADS-B supporting Airspace access and UAV Applications


1515: Afternoon Tea

1540: Eric Freund (Engineering Manager, Simbiant): IoT Solution for Emerging Requirement of ADS-B in the UAS Space

1605: Jean-Guy Blete (Head of UAV Activity Development, Thales): Safe and Secure Solution for Long Range Surveillance and Inspection

1630: Jayne Heatley (Partner, Norton White) & Kristina Cavanna (Senior Associate, Norton White): The Legal Challenges Hovering over Operators

1655: Wrap-up

1700: Conference End



National Convention Centre Canberra



AAUS is a not for profit organisation that performs significant advocacy work on behalf of its members and industry.  Our objective is to promote a safe and viable unmanned system industry.  We also focus on organising quality and focussed events that address key issues for our industry.

By supporting the conference through sponsorship, you will be recognised for your commitment in supporting the efforts of AAUS.  In addition, you will promote your organisation while sending a small team to participate in the event and network with other industry professionals.

RPAS in Australian Skies 2019 conference sponsorship packages


Gala Dinner

This years’ RPAS in Australian Skies conference will run in conjunction with the inaugural AAUS Gala Dinner incorporating industry awards.  The Gala Dinner is available at additional cost and will provide a great opportunity to celebrate industry achievements.

The AAUS Gala Dinner will be held on the evening of Wednesday July 17, 2019 at the National Convention Centre.

You can package the cost of the gala dinner with registration for your team under our sponsorship packages.



Registration is now open for the conference and gala dinner.

Pricing Information

Category                                   Early Bird          Standard

AAUS Member                                     $575                   $635

AAUS Member + Gala Dinner        $725                   $785

Government                                        $575                    $635

Government + Gala Dinner            $725                   $785

Industry                                                 $675                    $735

Industry + Gala Dinner                    $825                    $885

Academic                                              $305                    $340

Academic + Dinner                            $455                   $490

Gala Dinner Only                                $150                   $150

Gala Dinner Table of 8                   $1,000              $1,000


  • Pricing is exclusive of GST
  • Early Bird Rates end 5pm May 3, 2019
  • AAUS Member discount is only available to financial AAUS members
  • Industry rate is for non-AAUS members
  • Academic Rate applies for staff and students of Academic institutions
  • If you are purchasing a table of 8 for Gala dInner, we will contact you for the names of the participants two weeks prior to the event


Please register via the event window below.  (Make sure to select RPAS in Australian Skies 2019 and not one of our other events).

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