Session Four – Airspace and UTM: Driving the Future or Left Behind?
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, and standards, driven as much by market forces as aviation requirements, affect the role of regulation and 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.
David Harrison, Safety Director, NATS
Matthew Baldwin, Deputy Director General, Directorate-General for Mobility and Transport, European Commission
Craig Marcinkowski, Director, Strategy & Business Development, Gryphon Sensors
Marc Kegelaers, Chief Executive Officer, Unifly NV
Drone operator (invited)
Kevin Shum, Director General, Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore
Teri L. Bristol, Chief Operating Officer, FAA Air Traffic Organization