UTM Pilot Program Completes Second Phase: the Future of Safe and Scalable Drone Operations [VIDEO]

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The UTM Pilot Program has ended it’s second phase, with a group of industry players demonstrationg the production ready technologies that will help enable drone integration.

“The FAA’s Unmanned Aircraft System Traffic Management Pilot Program (UPP) completed its second phase with the Mid-Atlantic Aviation Partnership (MAAP) at a final demonstration in Virginia this week,” says a Wing communication. “The program launched in early 2019 to identify the set of baseline capabilities required to support drone integration and ultimately inform the FAA’s Unmanned Aircraft System Traffic Management (UTM) implementation plan.”

The UTM Pilot Program is way to bring the complex layers of a robust framework together, allowing for collaboration between major providers.  “Industry partners Wing, AirMap, AiRXOS, and ANRA came to the program with production ready technology and processes that could demonstrate “Remote Identification (RID) technologies and operations with increasing volumes and densities” to enable a UTM ecosystem in a new, innovative way – not simply relying on what we know from traditional aviation.”

“When drone operators, such as those who participated in the UPP2 demonstration, are choosing to fly their drones, they need assurance that they’ll have up-to-date information needed to fly safely and compliantly in the airspace.  Those operations are supported by several industry-led UTM service suppliers, which allow for interoperability and shared information of drone operations in the airspace.”

“The program has successfully demonstrated that the UTM technology infrastructure has reached a level of maturity that can support the next phase of drone integration; one that will enable BVLOS operations,” Matthew Satterly, Policy and Government Relations at Wing, tells DRONELIFE.

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The following is taken from a Wing communication.

To enable broader use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), industry-provided services must be able to safely deconflict operations and provide law enforcement and other safety agencies the ability to identify UAS when needed.  To achieve these objectives, Unmanned Aircraft System Service Suppliers (USS) must be able to seamlessly share data about flights, including the details of where and when a flight will take place as well as current position and identification information for all active flights.  No matter what USS a drone flyer chooses to use, all operators should have access to the data they need to fly safely.

UPP2 was able to demonstrate remote identification and strategic deconfliction through alignment with

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