ASTM completes detailed mapping of standards against U-space regulation

International standards agency ASTM Committee on Unmanned Aircraft Systems (F38) has carried out a detailed mapping of relevant ASTM standards against key regulatory parts of the U-space regulation. The work is endorsed and promoted by the Global Unmanned Traffic Management (UTM) Association (GUTMA).

In more detail, its UAS Traffic Management (UTM) Working Group has undertaken the detailed mapping between the F3411-22a (an update to F3411-19) and F3548-21 standards and the relevant requirements in the U-space Regulation and the associated Acceptable Means of Compliance and Guidance Material.

The ASTM mapping demonstrates that the relevant standards meet U-space Service Provision (USSP) interoperability requirements for the following services:

  • The Network identification service;
  • The UAS flight authorisation service; and 
  • The Conformance monitoring service. 

ASTM expects that implementation of the ASTM standards F3411-22 and F3548-21 will address the majority of the regulatory requirements for the network identification, UAS flight authorisation, and conformance monitoring services as indicated in the high-level mapping table. A detailed mapping to each GM and AMC for these services is provided in the spreadsheet, EU U-Space Regulation Compliance Mapping (ASTM – NetRID, Flight authorisation, Conformance monitoring). This spreadsheet provides separate worksheets for each service with a detailed breakdown of associated GM and AMC mapped to relevant sections and performance requirements from ASTM standards. Additionally, the spreadsheet also provides a brief explanation for those GM and AMC for which the Working Group did not find direct mapping to ASTM standards. Finally, the spreadsheet also includes recommendations to update GM and AMC to improve consistency and/or clarity.

GUTMA adds: It is one thing is to know the law. Another thing is to demonstrate that the law was applied correctly. Here is where standards come in. Standards are the tools that provide proof of compliance. Complying with the standard means to automatically apply the requirements in the law. This is the case when standards are “correctly” established. A good standard is assessed against all the details of the regulatory requirements. That is what “mapping” is all about.

The results of the detailed mapping to each Acceptable Means of Compliance and Guidance Material for these services is published, along with the spreadsheet ASTM standards mapping to U-space regulation 20220916.

The spreadsheet provides separate worksheets for each service with a detailed breakdown of the requirements and the associated Acceptable Means of Compliance and Guidance Material mapped against the relevant sections of the ASTM standards.

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