PODIUM has performed U-space demonstrations for visual-line-of-sight (VLOS) and beyond-visual-line-of-sight (BVLOS) flights at five operational sites in Europe, namely: Hans Christian Andersen airport, Odense; the Netherlands RPAS Test Centre, Marknesse; Groningen Airport Eelde; the Drones Paris Région cluster, Brétigny-sur-Orge; and Rodez-Aveyron airport.
“Thanks to PODIUM, innovative drone pilots and manufacturers, air traffic controllers and nominal U-space supervisors have used U-space services and systems hands-on, providing the team with valuable insights on the ease-of-use, the benefits and areas for improvement”, explains Peter Alty, the EUROCONTROL Project Coordinator.
The project concludes that there is a very strong demand from all stakeholders for U-space solutions that can ease the burden of obtaining flight authorisations, and that increase situational awareness to enable safety and efficiency benefits during flight execution. U-space services for the pre-flight phase are practically ready for deployment. However, significant action is needed to ensure that U-space services can really take off in the flight execution phase. In particular, PODIUM has important recommendations relating to tracking, the human machine interface for drone pilots, and the access to trustworthy data. PODIUM aims to publish its final demonstration report in November 2019.