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DroneTalks | Exclusive interview with ICAO at their 80th anniversary: Michele Merkle unveils new RPAS frameworkDroneTalks


What does the future hold for unmanned aircraft in the skies above us? Explore the evolving landscape of aviation with Michele Merkle, Director of the Air Navigation Bureau at ICAO, in an enlightening conversation hosted by Eszter Kovacs, our co-founder and CEO during Amsterdam Drone Week 2024.

This in-depth discussion unveils the new horizons of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) and their seamless integration into international airspace. Michele provides an insider's view on ICAO's new regulations for international Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) operations.

Learn how these regulations are set to revolutionize air travel by enhancing safety, improving efficiency, and promoting international cooperation. Beyond technology, Michele addresses a crucial aspect of aviation's future: diversity.

She shares her personal experiences and professional insights on why fostering a diverse workforce is essential for innovation in air navigation, making the industry more dynamic and inclusive. If you're part of a startup or interested in the intersection of innovation and aviation, this conversation is a must-watch. Michele offers valuable advice on navigating the complexities of the aviation industry and how startups can play a key role in shaping its future.

Join us as we explore these transformative initiatives that are not just reshaping the UK's airspace but are also setting a global benchmark in aviation technology. To watch the full interview please visit our YouTube channel!

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About the host

Eszter Kovács

Eszter Kovács is the CEO and co-founder of DroneTalks Group, which is a collection of services and platforms advancing the entirety of the drone industry ecosystem. Currently, members of the DroneTalks Group include DroneTalks, DroneTalks Jobs and Aerial Cities.

DroneTalks is an online platform created to spread ideas and educate professionals in the drone industry ecosystem. Our educational content empowers people of every discipline and culture who seek a deeper understanding of the industry and the innovative ideas within it.

DroneTalks Jobs is the first job portal tailored for the drone industry. The platform connects emerging organisations with skilled professionals seeking new opportunities in this rapidly evolving field.

Aerial Cities is an exclusive, invite-only event for decision-makers in the drone and advanced air mobility (AAM) industries. The event enables governments, cities, CAAs, private drone organisations and users to collaborate and strategise the future of urban drone operations.

Eszter Kovács is also a drone industry expert and regularly contributes to major magazines about the latest trends; these include publications such as Commercial UAV News and Commercial Drone Professional. In addition to this, she is an advisor for several start-ups, such as Globhe. Her role as an advisor extends as well to her role on the advisory board of drone-related initiatives like AUVSI Xponential and Commercial UAV while also fulfilling her commitment as a Swiss Drone Industry Association board member.

These roles are backed by her extensive experience as a technical innovation expert where she contributed to the growth of several companies after leading and mentoring the implementation of complex projects in the drone industry. Eszter still continues to advise leaders on strategic planning and operational transformation initiatives. In 2020, she was also approached by the Global UTM Association to become the director of more than 40 UTM leaders through a 6-month restructuring initiative.

Eszter Kovács is also head of one of the largest diversity initiatives in the drone industry called Women behind the Drone Revolution, which was launched in 2020.

Learn more about Eszter Kovács at DroneTalks.online and follow her on LinkedIn and Twitter.


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