Having been initiated by Eurocontrol, an ATM R&D seminar took place at the Vilnius Grand Resort entertainment and events centre on the 24th of September 2015. Participating in the event, alongside with the guests from Eurocontrol and a group of employees of SE “Oro navigacija”, were representatives of the European Small UAV Coalition, the French National Aerospace Centre, the Air Navigation Service Provider of the United Kingdom (NATS), the Systems Engineering for Spain’s Defence (ISDEFE), the University of Catalonia, the Lithuanian Unmanned Aircraft Users Association, the Lithuanian CAA, the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) as well as other organisations involved in research.
The main idea of the meeting reflects concern of aviation institutions in many countries over how to integrate the unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) and the remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS) into the air traffic management system and develop a single system for unmanned aircraft.
A lively discussion and exchange of opinions were taking place. It was identified that the private sector (AMAZON and GOOGLE) was concerned to solve this problem and cooperate with aviation specialists.
Due to continuous growth of unmanned aircraft activities (it is expected that between 2015 and 2016 over 1 million of them will be used by the private sector) the air safety issue, being solved on the level of national civil aviation authorities so far, is becoming more and more vital. True, global-scale draft documents have already appeared, together with models and means of integration into the airspace.
Representatives of Eurocontrol expressed their gratitude to SE “Oro navigacija”, employees of the Strategic Development Division, and its Chief Vera Oleinikova in particular, for a well-organised event.
On the 25th of September, a meeting of the Agency Research Team (ART TEAM), Eurocontrol’s stakeholder consultation team for research, took place at the enterprise, where certain aspects of the-above mentioned problem as well as the foreseen tasks were under consideration.
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