SESAR seeks RPAS demo partners

.The coming years will see a sharp increase in the use of Remotely Piloted Air Systems (RPAS). These need to be safely integrated into the Air Traffic Management environment.

Until now, a piecemeal approach has taken place, with different un-coordinated activities in several countries.

A European R&D Roadmap aiming at an initial RPAS integration by 2016 into ATM environments has clearly demonstrated the added value of conducting demonstration activities at flight test centres or centres of excellence.

These would benefit from access to the required relevant airspace and bring together RPAS operators, manufacturers, air navigation service providers and regulatory authorities. The overall objective is to collect best practices and to develop operational procedures, technical documentation and proposals for standards.

The SESAR JU launched a Call for Proposals to select a number of “Demonstration Activities” projects, including integrated pre-operational flight trials activities, to:

– demonstrate how to integrate RPAS into non-segregated airspace in a multi-aircraft and manned flight environment, in order to explore the feasibility of integration with the wider aviation community by 2016;

– focus on concrete results, filling the operational and technical gaps identified for RPAS integration into non-segregated airspace; and

– capitalise on the SESAR delivery approach by providing synergies, risk and opportunities, with the overall SESAR programme.

The Budget amounts to €4 million to finance approximately 10 projects, which must be undertaken by a team of at least one RPAS operator and one airspace operator.

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