ENAV plays key role in ERICA project to addresses integration of RPAS in all classes of airspace

Italian air navigation service provider ENAV is steering the second part of the three-year SESAR research programme – Enable RPAS Insertion in Controlled Airspace (ERICA) – which aims to define, develop and validate the key operational and technological enablers necessary to assure the proper insertion of Remotely Piloted Aerial Systems (RPAS) into non-segregated airspace.

ENAV is examining the accommodation and integration of IRF RPAS in airspace Class A to Class C by developing a framework for the insertion of RPAS to allow their routine access and operations.

The three-year ERICA project, coordinated by Leonardo and supported by EUR8.5 million Horizon 2020 EU co-funding, is due completion in December 2022. In addition to defining the operational and technical capabilities that will allow RPAS to operate in controlled airspace safely during nominal and emergency conditions, ERICA aims to develop and validate these enablers. The consortium involves 30 beneficiaries from 18 countries across Europe.

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