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Europe steps up UAS airspace integration

11th November 2016 - 10:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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The European Defence Agency (EDA) has outlined plans that will see the integration of UAS into the European aviation and air traffic management (ATM) system progressed to the next phase.

The effort is being undertaken by EDA, the European Commission's services (DG MOVE), the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and the SESAR Joint Undertaking (SJU).

Under a newly agreed coordination mechanism the research and development (R&D) and regulatory requirements of all categories of remotely-piloted aircraft systems (RPAS) will take into account EDA’s dual-use strategy for the integration of military UAS.

The SESAR project in coordination with EASA will provide the necessary support framework to address the R&D and regulatory needs in Europe and from a global perspective. This work will be carried out in close coordination with the EDA.

ATM requirements for UAS integration and their technical implications will be assessed. The findings will be reported to DG MOVE in order to support the definition and coordination of policy initiatives with the relevant commission services. The overall ATM requirements for UAS integration will be incorporated into the next update of the European ATM Master Plan – the roadmap for ATM modernisation.

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