Proving operations of drones with initial UAS traffic management (PODIUM) dissemination event

U-space? What works well? What can be improved?

U-space promises to be a key enabler for the safe integration of increasing numbers of drones in our already busy skies! Drones providing societal and economic benefits. But how easy is it to use U-space services and technologies? And what are the benefits?

The EUROCONTROL-led SESAR Horizon 2020 PODIUM project has flown 18 operational scenarios using U-space services and technologies across 5 varied operational sites in Denmark, France and the Netherlands. Drone pilots, air traffic controllers, AFIS officers and nominal U-space supervisors have pushed the U-space envelope. Under the watchful eye of EUROCONTROL validation experts, they have been very open about what works well, and what needs to be improved!


Before publishing its final report, the PODIUM consortium seeks to share its insights and get feedback on its main conclusions and recommendations from a wider set of engaged stakeholders. This is the aim of the PODIUM dissemination event that will take place at EUROCONTROL Headquarters, Brussels, on the 17th of October 2019. An agenda is shown below and the speakers and panel representatives (including a strong drone pilot and ATCO representation) will be confirmed soon.



The event will be structured as follows:

  • Registrations (9h30)
  • Welcome and introductions (10h00)
  • PODIUM and the big U-space picture
  • Demonstration:
    • Flight preparation and authorisation
    • Flight execution
  • User experiences:
    • Hans Christian Andersen airport, Odense
    • Groningen Airport Eelde/ Netherlands RPAS Test Centre, Marknesse
    • Drones Paris Region, Brétigny
    • Rodez-Aveyron airport
  • If you can’t measure U-space, you can’t improve it!
    • EUROCONTROL validation results
  • Panel sessions:
    • Operational and technical insights
    • Business perspectives
  • Main PODIUM conclusions & recommendations


In the first instance, invitations to register for the event are being sent to a limited number of stakeholders known to have a strong interest in PODIUM. Subject to numbers, invitations will then be open to the wider public. Hence, please register soon if you wish to attend.


At EUROCONTROL, we led this joint effort of our partners - Airbus, DSNA, DELAIR, Drones Paris Region, Integra Aerial Services, Naviair, NLR, Orange and Unifly, with third-party support including many small and medium enterprises.

Learn more about the PODIUM project