Author Archives: Peter van Blyenburgh

In Memory of Stephen Allan May

May-Steve_GAASI_CMJN_4x5cm_300dpiIt is with deep sorrow that we have learned that Steve May has unexpectedly passed away at the age of 70 on 14 February 2016, while taking his favourite walk on Swami’s Beach in Encinitas, near his home in San Diego, California.

Steve May (LtCol US Army rtd) was the former Manager of International Strategic Development for General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI), in San Diego, Calif., USA, which he joined in 2001. In this position, he was responsible for promoting opportunities for the company’s full line of unmanned aircraft systems, tactical reconnaissance radars, and sensor systems to customers in Europe. Continue reading

RPAS CivOps Conference Postponed to January 2016


The Belgian government has announced that the high degree of security measures that is currently applicable in Brussels, Belgium has been extended until Monday evening 30 Nov. 2015 (when it will be reviewed). Taking into account the general safety of the conference attendees, the logistical problems that they may encounter and the incertainty of what next week will bring, this situation has, unfortunately, pushed us to decide that it is wisest to postpone the RPAS CivOps 2015 conference. Continue reading

ASA ANPA 2015-10 – Introduction of a Regulatory Framework for the Operation of Drones

The drone industry is diverse, innovative and international. It has an enormous potential for growth with the associated possibility to create jobs. To ensure a safe, secure and environmentally friendly development, and to respect the citizens’ legitimate concerns for privacy and data protection, EASA has been tasked by the European Commission — following the Riga Conference1 and its associated Declaration — to develop a regulatory framework for drone operations, as well as concrete proposals for the regulation of low-risk drone operations. Continue reading