Following NASA’s original idea for an unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) traffic management (UTM) system, more than 60 organizations took part in the first European UTM Day in Geneva on April 27.
The objective was to understand what actions need to be taken to safely and efficiently integrate drones into national airspace systems. UTM, however, encompasses broader aspects, such as a universal drone registration database, open identification systems, tamperproof flight data recorders, up-to-date 3D mapping data, dynamic weather information and vehicle-to-vehicle communication.
Stakeholders from the U.S., Europe and China agreed on the need to create a Global UTM Standardization Group to manage the rapid rise of civilian drone usage. The group will work on drafting and distributing the interoperability blueprint of UTM. Members include regulators, air navigation service providers, drone manufacturers, drone operators, infrastructure service providers and academic experts.
Simon Johnson, organizer of the European UTM Day, explains, “The Global UTM will be set up as a not-for-profit organization based in Switzerland, with international online working groups that will meet regularly around the world to adopt standards and agree on new topics to be tackled.”
Founding members of the Global UTM Standardization Group include as follows: AirMap (U.S.), Beihang University (China), the Civil Aviation Authority (U.K.), Connect Robotics (Portugal), Delair-Tech (France), DFS Deutsche Flugsicherung (Germany), Direction Générale de l’Aviation Civile (France), DJI (China), Drone Alliance Europe, Drone Manufacturers Alliance Europe, ENAC (Italy), ENAV (Italy), EuroUSC (Belgium), Matternet (U.S.), National Air Traffic Services (U.K.), the National Research Centre of ATM Law and Standard (China), the National Laboratory of CNS/ATM (China), Nokia (Finland), Parrot (France), Precisionhawk (U.S.), senseFly (Switzerland), Sharper Shape (U.S.), Simulyze (U.S.), skyguide (Switzerland), Skyward (U.S.), SITA (Switzerland), the Swiss National Center of Robotics, the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, the Swiss Federal Office of Civil Aviation, Thales (France), Unifly (Belgium), and ViaSat (Switzerland).