• SJU reference # PJ.03a-09 /Release 2019
  • Stakeholders
    ANSP
    AO
    AU
  • Benefits Safety
    Security
  • Status In the pipeline

Operators of drones, especially larger remotely-piloted drones that can fly at higher altitudes and can remain airborne for many hours or even days at a time, are increasingly seeking access to airports. These drones are subject to the same rules, procedures and appropriate performance requirements as any other airport user. In order to ensure safe airport surface operations, they must interface with ground-based airport systems and be able to act and respond to ATC and other surface users just like conventional manned aircraft also in case of unexpected events.

Operators of drones, especially larger remotely-piloted drones that can fly at higher altitudes and can remain airborne for many hours or even days at a time, are increasingly seeking access to airports. These drones are subject to the same rules, procedures and appropriate performance requirements as any other airport user. In order to ensure safe airport surface operations, they must interface with ground-based airport systems and be able to act and respond to ATC and other surface users just like conventional manned aircraft also in case of unexpected events.

SESAR is looking at the particular requirements of remotely piloted operations, both fixed-wing and rotary, and aims to improve access and equity for this category of airspace user on the surface of the airport. Specifically, SESAR is examining the technical capabilities and procedural means needed to enable drones to comply with ATC instructions and to integrate with other manned traffic into surface operations. RPAS operations under instrument flight rules (IFR) must be compliant with aviation regulations, not impact current airspace user operations, and be transparent to air traffic control. This candidate solution provides operational requirements for technological developments to support their safe integration on the airport.

Benefits

  • Enhanced safety and security
  • Ensured equitable access to airports
  • Improved usage of regional and third node airports