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Written guidance published on performing Airspace Risk Assessments

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The EUROCONTROL Innovation Hub's drone programme team has just released its "U-space Airspace Risk Assessment Method and Guidelines - Volume 1" document, providing States with written guidance on how to perform the airspace risk assessments (ARAs) required by Commission Implementing Regulation 2021/664 to support the designation of U-space airspace.

This document is the fruit of several years of assisting the Agency's Member States to perform such assessments though our 'Support to States' mechanism, and is fully aligned with EASA's recently published Acceptable Means of Compliance and Guidance Material (AMC/GM) for Regulation 664.

The method describes a systematic process for conducting an ARA through its three main phases:

  • Preparatory Phase: to define the scope of the assessment and the required resources
  • Reference Scenario Phase: to compile a full picture of the airspace being assessed
  • Assessment Phase: to address safety, security, privacy and environmental hazards, as well as the required risk mitigation measures.

The guidance applies EUROCONTROL's soon-to-be-published Expanded Safety Reference Material (E-SRM) to perform a complete safety assessment of the change, which in this case is the designation of a new U-space airspace.

The EUROCONTROL Innovation Hub will continue to develop the ARA method and guidelines, and intends to update and expand the process to ensure that it remains States' principal guidance for U-space implementation.

Learn more

For further information on U-space airspace risk assessments, contact the ARA team.

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