The purpose of this workshop was to discuss how to integrate Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) - colloquially called 'drones' - including Remotely-Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS), into the airspace in a safe, secure and environmentally friendly manner.
This will not only allow the harmonious development of an industry that should bring growth and jobs, it will also help save lives by substituting for manned aircraft in dangerous operations and assisting in emergency situations through their ability for rapid deployment. Of course maintaining the safety of the airspace is the major concern.
The three distinct points for which guidelines were considered necessary are:
- Flight rules;
- Airspace assessment (this document);
- A common altitude reference system;
Following on from the above-mentioned workshop, a series of webinars were organised in the first half of 2018 to enable interested stakeholders to express their points of view on these questions and to offer solutions where possible.
The outcome of these discussions, presented here, is a proposal for guidelines on airspace assessment that will be included in the yet to be agreed joint EUROCONTROL/EASA UAS ATM Operational Concept document and will be taken into account in the Concept of Operations produced by the on-going CORUS project.