Inside Unmanned Systems

AUG-SEP 2018

Inside Unmanned Systems provides actionable business intelligence to decision-makers and influencers operating within the global UAS community. Features include analysis of key technologies, policy/regulatory developments and new product design.

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80   August/September 2018 unmanned systems inside Management for manned aviation. The aim is to integrate into an ATM context complex drone operations in all types of environments, including urban zones, with a high degree of automation. According to current SESAR infor- mation, the system should be up and running by 2019, delivering basic ser- vices such as registration, e-identifica- tion and geo-fencing. Further U-space services and corresponding standards are to be developed subsequently. "The U-space is something that is mentioned consistently during our various consultation meetings," de Vos said, "so people are aware that U-space could provide very useful tools and could facilitate the lives of drone op- erators and of authorities. "The question is to which extent al- ready do the Commission regulations on the table provide the basic stepping stones of registration, e-identification, geo-awareness, and to what extent can we, or do we, need to develop further steps. In order to answer these ques- tions, we have established a ref lection group with some member states and industry people, and we will in the coming days send out a final report with recommendations. "To regulate on a full U-space, we w ill need to take another regula- tory initiative," de Vos suggested, or warned, "and then the question is how fast can we develop this new regula- tory initiative. This is still under con- sideration within the Commission and with stakeholders. How fast can we go? Do we have to learn from exper- tise, from demonstrators, or is there already a sufficient evidence base to come up with a first draft of a U-space regulation?" GOOD WORKING ORDER Sitting in the audience at the Cologne workshop, Manfred Mohr of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) had been listening to the pro- ceedings with interest. The theme of striking the right balance seemed to be a recurring one throughout the work- shop. Too many standard scenarios or too few? Too many regulations to push through at once or not enough?" "Too simple or too complex?" he in- terjected. "I say just do it right. We at IATA, from the ATM side, our mem- bers, we have our experience already with ADS-B, ADS-C, data link. This is chaos. Nobody knows when it will come into place. We are working heavily on the extension of all of these deadlines and multi-frequencies. So please, do it right, do it safe, do it secure, but do it fair." Essentially, Mohr seemed to be call- ing for order and good sense, and his voice seemed to resonate among the other participants, possibly an indica- tion of some general feeling of frustra- tion among the drone and drone-im- pacted communities. "The controllers," he said, "don't want to see drones on their radar screens. The problem is we have no tracking system at the moment. Most of these drones are not seen, and if you see a drone it is not coordinated. This is our problem. The controllers—I just asked my colleague—of course they want to see it if it's coordinated or if it's really a safety issue, they are not against this, but we need a proper tracking system. We need this e-identification system, this is a fantastic idea of course. "Think about when you go into place with a new aircraft," he said. "This pro- cess is taking sometimes between five and six years. Please, don't let it take that long for your new drone arrange- ments, because most of the companies mentioned by the lady from France, they will already be bankrupt." PRIVACY, PRIVACY The recently unveiled EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) has shaken up the way the continent does business, and many other things. It has real implications for drone operations, all of which drone operators are expect- ed to understand, not the least of which concern the 'privacy' element within the infamous operational risk assessment. On that front, Jean Pierre Lentz, European Commission policy officer, delivered some good news to drone operators. The EU-funded project 'DRONERULES.eu' is currently de- veloping tools aimed at helping drone operators comply with new GDPR requirements. "There are already some guidelines available to help you," Lentz said, "but we wanted to provide you with more specific guidelines for drone opera- tions and some other useful tools. So this project will feed its results into the DRONERULES.eu website that some of you already know." BRUSSELS VIEW by PETER GUTIERREZ EASA IS… The European Aviation Safety Agency is an agency of the European Union, located in Cologne, Germany. The Agency is responsible for civil aviation safety and carries out certification, regulation, standardization, investigation and monitoring. It collects and analyzes safety data, drafts and advises on safety legislation, and coordinates with similar organizations in other parts of the world. The agency was legally established in 2002.

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