In a Nutshell

AAI UAS Working Group

The AAI UAS Working Group (AAI-UAS-WG) was founded in 2012 to facilitate the information exchange and cooperations among Austrian companies, developers and researchers in the domain of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), sometimes also called RPAS (Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems). The working group meets quarterly and is also open for non AAI members involved in Austrian UAS development or research.

Vision & Mission
  • Coordinate the exchange with national authorities (like BMVIT, ACG) and European authorities (like EASA, EC) – especially for rulemaking and research funding
  • Linking all relevant national companies, developers and research institutions (Bridging Non-SME ↔ SME, civil ↔ military, Industry ↔ Research) to facilitate cooperations
  • Representation via-à-vis international institutions, especially in the European Union (like EASA and ASD or UVS-International)
  • Where required, also cooperation for marketing and events (e.g. press conferences or scientific conferences in Austria)
  • Exchange and events with operators to meet their requirements
Current Presentations
Own Publications & Background Material
  • Master Thesis of Felix Podgorschek (2020):
    “Social Acceptance of Civil Drones: Similarities, Distinctions and Specifics of about 100 International Drone Acceptance Studies and Their Significance for Austria” Full Thesis (4 MB)

    Supported by AAI within the study GARDA funded by BMVIT/FFG
    (Respect Copyright Felix Podgorschek/AAI)
  • Master Thesis of Alexander Lappi (2017):
    “Comparison of Selected UAS Test Areas in Europe and America regarding Practical Aspects for Developers” Full Thesis (3 MB)

    Supported by AAI within the study UAST funded by BMVIT/FFG
    (Respect Copyright Alexander Lappi/AAI)
  • Master Thesis of Mathias Ritzinger (2014):
    “Practical Aspects & Upcoming Developments of European Regulations for UAS below 150 kg in Context with Austrian Rulemaking” Summary (400kB) Full Thesis (7 MB)

    Supported by AAI within the TAKE OFF project “Austrian UcM”
    (Respect Copyright Mathias Ritzinger/AAI)

  • AAI Fact Sheet:
    Austrian regulation for UAS Class 1 (VLOS) from 2014
    In German In English
    (Respect Copyright AAI)
  • First public UAS Conference & Airshow in Austria
    (September 2015, German):
    Drohnenprogramm im Rahmen der Airchallenge Styria 2015
    (10./11. September 2015): Vorträge & Flugprogramm zum Download

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