Eurocontrol seeks expert to support UAS ATM integration

The objective of this Call for Tenders is to select an expert to support the UAS ATM Integration activity of EUROCONTROL, where maintaining the “Big Picture” is essential in conserving an overview of the very fast developments in the UAS world. In order to achieve this, the agency has developed a R&D dashboard, which must be maintained, managed and updated.

The rapid growth of civil and military Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) has increased the demand for access to non-segregated Airspace. As a direct consequence and due to the absence of a pilot on-board the aircraft, technical solutions will have to be developed to integrate the aircraft into non-segregated airspace. It also brings the challenge of matching the ability of a pilot to “see and avoid” other traffic, managing dangerous situations such as potential collisions with other airspace users, clouds and severe weather conditions, obstacles and ground operations at airports. The use of sUAS (small Unmanned Aircraft Systems also referred to as drones) at lower altitudes is now a driving force for economic development.

Many of these sUAS operate at altitudes below 500ft above ground level (AGL). According to ICAO Annex 2 500ft is the lowest available VFR altitude, and thus creates a perceived boundary between smaller UAS and manned aircraft The purpose of the Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) ATM Integration activity is to initiate, co-ordinate and prioritise the necessary activities, in order to support the development of regulatory provisions required for the evolution of Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) to full recognition as a legitimate category of airspace user able to operate, from an ATM perspective, in a manner transparent to other aircraft. More information can be found via: http://www.eurocontrol.int/uas

The European Organisation for the Safety of Air Navigation (EUROCONTROL) was founded in 1960 by six States. It now has 41 Member States. EUROCONTROL‘s mission is to harmonise and integrate air navigation services in Europe, aiming at the creation of a uniform air traffic management (ATM) system for civil and military Users, in order to achieve the safe, secure, orderly, expeditious and economic flow of traffic throughout Europe, while minimising adverse environmental impact. EUROCONTROL UAS ATM Integration activity.

Tender number 18-110442-A

Deadline for responses 24 August 2018

Issuing agency: Eurocontrol

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