|Session Four: Implementation:
Airspace and UTM: Will we develop the right approach or will the future just happen to us?
Drones, remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS), unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs)…..whatever the name, they are already with us and there is much debate on the challenges to and the implications for airspace management. How can we bring together and properly integrate some fundamentally different ways of thinking, different cultures and operational concepts of operations as well as different business models and social drivers?
Numerous research, operational, policy and regulatory initiatives are underway on UTM (Unmanned Aircraft System Traffic Management) concepts – but what new frameworks, approaches and responsibilities are needed to coordinate and harmonise the airspace implications of UTM, given so many different organisations and stakeholders with such diverse (and often conflicting) interests and cultures?
Is a new approach needed to enable all to embrace the opportunities but prevent fragmented approaches, duplications and gaps?
How will autonomous operations, control through technology and standards, driven as much by market forces as aviation requirements, affect the role of regulation and also change the existing paradigms of ATM?
This session will look at how the European Commission is intending to establish oversight of drones and its implications for ATM, followed by a panel discussion to provide some broader perspectives.
This session will start with a speech by the European Commission followed by a panel session moderated by an ANSP representative with a drone producer, a business drone operator and two ANSP CEOs.