Leslie Cary is the Programme Manager for Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) in the Air Navigation Bureau at the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). She has served as Secretary of the ICAO Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems Panel (RPASP) for four years. She also served as Secretary of the ICAO Unmanned Aircraft Systems Study Group for six years. Ms. Cary is responsible for managing the work programme and coordinating all developments related to UAS / RPAS within the ICAO framework, including UAS traffic management (UTM). This involves working with Technical Panels, Study Groups, Advisory Groups and Task Forces and relevant external bodies on development of Standards and Recommended Practices, procedures and guidance material which will establish the basis for global interoperability and harmonization of RPAS, UAS and UTM.
Prior to joining ICAO in mid 2006, Ms. Cary was with the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). She spent 14 years as an air traffic controller at Anchorage Air Route Traffic Control Center and six years at FAA headquarters facilitating implementation of various international ATM and CNS initiatives.