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Recorded Sessions: Second Unmanned Aircraft Systems Industry Symposium (DRONE ENABLE/2)

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The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) convened DRONE ENABLE, ICAO’s Second Unmanned Aircraft Systems Industry Symposium (DRONE ENABLE/2) from 13 to 14 September 2018 in Chengdu, China. The theme of DRONE ENABLE/2 was going from unmanned aircraft system traffic management (UTM) to air traffic management (ATM) – transitioning from segregation to integration.

The symposium brought together key aviation stakeholders from the industry, academia, government and international organizations to exchange research, best practices, lessons learned and respective challenges. Attention was given to the complex issues presented by UTM which need to be addressed collectively in order to integrate UAS into the global aviation system. The speakers at this event were selected following a Request for Information (RFI), after the proposed solutions and potential for global application and supporting infrastructure requirements in the submissions, had been considered.

The symposium presented an opportunity for networking, collaboration and coordination between civil aviation authorities, industry and both new and existing stakeholders as we move forward in this dynamic field. It also provided a unique opportunity to foster the emergence of a comprehensive and harmonized regulatory framework to support UAS activities.

This is a rapidly evolving sector of the aviation industry and there was a lot of information that we can share. We recorded all of the sessions that took place over the two-day event, we are sharing all of the great presentations below.


Day 1 – 13 September 2018

 

Session 1: Welcome remarks and a successful year at ICAO – moving the RPAS and UAS files

This session will provide an overview of the work undertaken by ICAO RPAS/UAS on the advancement of RPAS regulatory material and the UTM Framework developed from the DRONE ENABLE/1 efforts.

Welcome Remarks:

Dr. Fang LIU, Secretary General, ICAO

Mr. YIN Shijun, Chief Engineer, Civil Aviation Administration of China

ICAO Presentation:

Ms. Leslie Cary, Chief, Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems, ICAO


Session 2: What is UTM and why is it separate from, but interoperable with, ATM?

This session provided an opportunity to explore the roles and functionalities of UTM and ATM from the technological and operational perspectives. This allowed for an understanding of the relationship between UTM and ATM systems and the critical issues driving the need for interoperability. Note – This session set the scene for the upcoming sessions which addressed technical solutions submitted through the RFI process.

Moderator:

Dr. Hiroko Nakamura, Deputy Director General at JAPAN Unmanned System Traffic & Radio Management Consortium (JUTM)

Presentations:

Mr. Mike Lissone, UAS ATM Integration Manager, EUROCONTROL

Mr. LI Ning, Director, Air Traffic Service & Aeronautical Information Service Division, Office of Air Traffic Regulation, CAAC, China

Mr. Benoit Curdy, Secretary General, Global UTM Association

Dr. Low Kin Huat, Principal Investigator of TM-UAS Programme, Air Traffic Management Research Institute (ATMRI); Professor, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore


Session 3: UTM/ATM Transitions from a traditional perspective

This session provided an opportunity to showcase selected submissions from experts that describe the challenges and critical issues encountered when aircraft, manned or unmanned, transition between a UTM and an ATM environment.

Moderators:

Dr. LIU Hao, Director, Institute of Aviation Law and Standards, Deputy Director, National Research Center of Air Traffic Management Law and Standards, China

Mr. Peter van Blyenburgh, President, UVS International

Presentations:

Mr. Markus Klopf, Director Strategic Marketing ATM, Senior Lead Expert, Frequentis AG

Mr. Brenden Hedblom, Business Development Manager, Thales Air Traffic Management

Dr. Joe Polastre, Altiscope, A³ by Airbus


Session 4: UTM/ATM Transitions from a non-traditional perspective

This session provided an opportunity for showcasing selected submissions from experts that describe the challenges and critical issues encountered when aircraft, manned or unmanned, transition between a UTM and an ATM environment.

Moderators:

Mr. Peter van Blyenburgh, President, UVS International Dr. LIU Hao, Director, Institute of Aviation Law and Standards, Deputy Director, National Research Center of Air Traffic Management Law and Standards, China

Presentations:

Mr. Tomasz Różyński, Director of Operations Planning Bureau, Polish Air Navigation Services Agency with Mr. Pawel Korzec, CEO DroneRadar

Mr. Marc Kegelaers, CEO, Unifly

Mr. Lindsay James Mohr, CEO, AirMarket

Ms. Patricia Hervías Vallejo, International ATM and UTM Department, Indra

Implementation of a Global Aviation Trust Framework to help enable innovation and interoperability. Providing a possible solution for integration of unmanned aircraft into non-segregated airspace and enabling the provision of a digital identity capability, with the potential for such information to be globally transferable. This presentation will discuss how previous experience in establishing trust in the aviation community can be applied in a modern context to solve today’s demands for the interoperability, security, and innovation required to enable UAS operations.

Presenter:

William R. Voss, Special Adviser to the Director, Air Navigation Bureau, ICAO

 


Day 2 – 14 September 2018

Session 5: Keynote speech, UTM framework update, and beyond UTM – something out of the ordinary

Keynote Speech:

Mr. Dirk Hoke, Chief Executive Officer, Airbus Defence and Space

UTM Framework Update:

This session summarized the material found in the UTM Framework, Edition 1, which was developed by the ICAO UAS Advisory Group based on the information derived from DRONE ENABLE/1. Presented by Mr. Mark Wuennenberg, Technical Officer, ICAO Air Navigation Bureau Beyond

UTM – Something Out of the Ordinary:

This session included several unique presentations on various topics, outside the scope of the UTM discussion, that are relevant to the advancement of the UAS industry.

Moderator:

Mr. Michael Gadd, Head of International Regulatory Affairs, Altitude Angel

Presentations:

Mr. Trent Fulcher, Head of Strategy, Airways’ New Zealand

Mr. Michael Baum, Permanent Editorial Board, Aviators Code Initiative

Mr. Harrison Wolf, Project Lead, Drones and Tomorrow’s Airspace, World Economic Forum

Ms. ZHANG Yan, Vice President, Ehang Intelligent Equipment (Guangzhou) Co., Ltd


Session 6: A discussion about the realities of ATM & UTM interoperability

This session discussed the similarities/differences between the technical and operational capabilities provided by ATM today, and the capabilities being developed for the UTM environment. When discussed, many are seeing similarities, but are they truly similar? If so, where are they similar? If not, assuming ATM stands sufficient, to what degree does UTM need to match up?

Moderator:

Mr. John Scull Walker, Senior Partner, The Padina Group

Panel discussion:

Mr. Benoit Curdy, Secretary General, Global UTM Association

Mr. Reinaldo Negron, Head of Project Wing UTM

Mr. Nico Voorbach, Director, ICAO and Industry Affairs CANSO

Mr. Mike Lissone, Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) air traffic management (ATM) Integration Manager, Eurocontrol


Session 7: Very high altitude operations – lessons from UTM

As the development of UTM moves forward enabling various unmanned aircraft operations at low altitude, what lessons learned or best practices can be applied to the management of high level airspace above current commercial flight trajectories? Is the technology that has driven the development of UTM applicable to high altitude operations? What commonalities do high altitude airspace management share with UTM?

Moderator:

Ms. Nancy Graham, President, Graham Aerospace International

Presentations:

Mr. Rob Eagles, Head of Aviation, Project Loon

Mr. Andrew Tailby, Head of Flight Operations, Zephyr Programme,

Airbus Mr. Reinaldo Negron, Head of Project Wing UTM

Mr. Brenden Hedblom, Business Development Manager, Thales Air Traffic Management

Dr. GUO Xiao, General Manager, Beijing Infinite Space Technology Co., Ltd


Session 8: Aircraft Registry Network (ARN), event wrap-up and next steps

Aircraft Registry Network (ARN): The aircraft registry network which ICAO has spearheaded was explained, including its purpose, intended functionality and interaction with national registry systems. A live demonstration of the system was provided.

Wrap up and next steps:  Looking back at the presentations and related discussions, what were the key points that garnered support? Can we begin to define the boundaries of a potential UTM system and where the UTM and ATM systems meet? Can we identify the critical information streams needed to enable such a dynamic system? How do we use the information provided during DRONE ENABLE/2 to further the framework developed from DRONE ENABLE/1 activities?

Moderator: Mr. Stephen P. Creamer, Director, ICAO Air Navigation Bureau

Be sure to check out all of the presentations that were recorded at the Third Global Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems Symposium (RPAS/3). The RPAS/3 event, which covered topics “from accommodation to integration”, took place from 10 to 12 September 2018 in Chengdu, China.

 

 

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