• SJU reference # PJ.13-W2-115 /Release 10
  • Stakeholders
    ANSP
    AU
  • Benefits Human performance
    Operational efficiency
    Safety
  • Status In the pipeline

QUICK AND EASY AIRSPACE ACCESS FOR UNMANNED VEHICLES TO/FROM DEDICATED AERODROMES

Remotely piloted unmanned aerial systems (RPAS) although already in state operations, are used under specific restrictions and segregations, for example flying predefined reserved corridors to their mission zones. The candidate solution responds to the need to operate RPAS transiting as non-segregated general air traffic (GAT) via controlled airspace to reach their mission areas. 

The candidate solution takes into account current military/state RPAS needs for flexible transit operations to their mission areas as non-segregated general air traffic (GAT) via controlled airspace. This represents the initial RPAS demand, which can be anticipated in the 2023-2025 timeframe.

SESAR partners are validating adapted RPAS accommodation procedures to alleviate existing restrictions. It will allow, in the short term, non-segregated RPAS flights in low to medium traffic levels and traffic complexity. The accommodation approach relies on existing ATM systems and capabilities that such RPAS have, which for some aspects may not be fully compliant with all existing manned aviation standards & rules. Therefore, the solution focuses on adaptation, where needed, of operational procedures enabling:

minimised planning and approval time needed for these transit IFR RPAS flights

non-segregated RPAS transit during climb, en-route and descent phases of flight in controlled A-C class airspace, where RPAS fly with manned traffic and managed as general air traffic (GAT) by civil air traffic controllers.

The research is focussed on operational requirements and associated working methods for ATC to manage accommodated RPAS flights. The aim is to enable an initial accommodation of RPAS in non-segregated airspace with general air traffic (GAT) applying some limitations and with minimum possible impact on the existing ATM framework. 

 

BENEFITS

Maintained safety and human performance levels

Flexible and equitable access to airspace