The result of a six-month long project with the Latvian Civil Aviation Authority, its main objective was to build up a full picture of airspace volumes. This was done through the close analysis of:
- urban aspects
- air and ground risks.
Besides this, enough data was collected to draw up requirements for enabling drone operations to be integrated into the airspace safely. The study is the first essential step on a journey from airspace assessment to airspace design.
EUROCONTROL’s experts analysed the way various airspace users operate in Riga CTR airspace. They interviewed:
- air traffic controllers
- pilots – in order to understand the routes as actually flown
- general aviation representatives
- drone operators
- non-aviation entities.
They analysed all manned air operations, Aeronautical Information Publications (AIP), all arrival and departures as well as restricted airspace. This data was used to build a real time picture of current operations and then to define airspace volumes in Riga CTR where it would be safe to operate unmanned aircraft.
Importantly, they also identified which airspace volumes should be avoided because of safety, security, privacy or environmental concerns.