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European Network of U-space Stakeholders Meeting in Katowice

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The European Network of U-Space Stakeholder Katowice Meeting, hosted by GZM on November 22, 2023, covered various important topics in the realm of U-Space.

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U-Space Implementation Approach of Poland

Rafał Paprocki PANSA

Role of Local Authorities in U-space Implementation: What does it mean in practice?

Jacek Woźnikowski and Vassilis Agouridas GZM Metropolis and UIC2

Use of a simulator as a tool to plan U-space implementation

Karolin Schweiger EUROCONTROL

Implementing U-Space in cities. U-ELCOME: Ensuring routine commercial drone operations in Europe by 2026

Daniel-Garcia Monteavaro ENAIRE

Implementing U-Space in cities. BURDI Project

Luc Antoon skeyes

Implementing U-Space in cities. Port of Rotterdam

Niels Kalshoven Port of Rotterdam

Ensuring Social acceptability. The Innovative Air Mobility Hub

Kai Bauer EASA

Summary of the event

Munish Khurana, in his introduction, highlighted the year's previous meetings, focusing on discussions in Finland, Amsterdam, and Madrid regarding Civ-Mil synergies, cyber security, CONOPS, U-space business models, and global U-Space/UTM activities.

The meeting aimed to delve into lessons learned, U-Space simulation, and implementation in cities, with a particular emphasis on the role of local authorities. Key regulations from 2014 to 2019 were outlined, and the significant presence of UAVs in Poland, totalling 210,000 registered units, was noted. PANSA's role in providing ATM for U-Space, with 600,000 annual UAV flights in Poland, was highlighted.

Rafał Paprocki, representing the Polish Air Navigation Services Agency, outlined Poland's U-Space implementation approach. This included the introduction and advancement of the PANSA UTM system in 2020 and 2021, with upcoming amendments in 2022/23. Future plans included the digitalisation of geozones, legal services, and amendments to aviation law by 2024. The process of U-Space airspace designation and challenges identified were presented, along with potential solutions.

Jacek Woźnikowski and Vassilis Agouridas discussed the role of local authorities in U-Space implementation. The Urban Air Mobility Cities Community, comprising over 40 cities, was introduced, emphasising the importance of local communities in deciding U-Space activities. Multilevel governance of the urban sky was discussed in the context of EU regulatory framework requirements.

Karolin Schweiger from EUROCONTROL led a workshop on the use of U-Space Simulator as a tool to plan U-Space implementation. The multi-stakeholder challenge and simulation process were detailed, using Katowice as an example.

The second workshop featured insights from various U-Space initiatives in cities, including BURDI, Port of Rotterdam, SAFIR-Med, and U-Elcome. Common themes included airspace implementation, certification processes, coordination mechanisms, and challenges faced by each project.

A presentation on ensuring social acceptability emphasised the need for public acceptance in U-Space implementation. An EASA study indicated positive responses, with concerns identified in safety, privacy, noise, and sustainability. Kai Bauer from EASA introduced the Innovative Aerial Mobility Hub (IAM Hub) as a platform to connect the IAM ecosystem.

The plenary discussion and Q&A session covered various topics interactively, leading to a comprehensive understanding of the diverse perspectives on U-Space.

Munish Khurana concluded the meeting by summarising key discussions, outcomes, and potential next steps and actions based on the insights gained. The meeting provided a comprehensive overview of U-Space implementation, lessons learned, and the crucial role of local authorities in ensuring the success of U-Space initiatives.


Time Session Speaker
09:30 - 10:00 Registration and morning networking coffee  
10:00 – 10:10 Welcome and introduction Munish Khurana, EUROCONTROL
10:10 - 10:30 U-Space Implementation Approach of Poland Rafał Paprocki, Polish Air Navigation Services Agency (PANSA)
10:30 - 11:00

Role of Local Authorities in U-space Implementation. What does it mean in Practice?

Jacek Woźnikowski, GZM Metropolis
Vassilis Agouridas, UIC2
11:00 - 12:00 Workshop 1: Use of U-Space Simulator as a tool to plan U-Space implementation Karolin Schweiger, EUROCONTROL
12:00 - 13:30 Networking lunch  
13:30 - 15:30

Workshop 2: Implementing U-Space in cities: Lessons learned from ongoing initiatives.

  • SAFIR-Med
  • U-Elcome
  • Burdi
  • Port of Rotterdam
  • Mikael Shamim
  • Daniel-Garcia Monteavaro
  • Luc Antoon
  • Niels Kalshoven
15:30 - 16:00 Afternoon networking coffee  
16:00 - 16:45

Presentation: Ensuring Social acceptability

  • EU Drone Strategy 2.0 flag ship action 7
  • Innovative Aerial Mobility Hub
  • Jukka Savo and Pia Peitl, DG Move, European Commission
  • Kai Bauer, EASA
16:45 - 17:15 Plenary discussion, and Q&A – Moderated session  
17:15 - 17:30 Conclusions and Next Steps Munish Khurana, EUROCONTROL
17:30 End of meeting  


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