The FAA has completed the first milestone for phase 2 of the UAS Traffic Management Pilot Program (UPP). The FAA collaborated with the Virginia Tech Mid-Atlantic Aviation Partnership and NUAIR to test emerging UTM capabilities, including Remote ID and information sharing, to ultimately validate and inform ASTM International standards and enable BVLOS operations.
Phase 2 objectives include testing Remote Identification (RID) technologies and operations with increasing volumes and density in cooperation with National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), FAA UAS Test Sites, industry stakeholders, and UAS Integration Pilot Program (IPP) participants.
In April 2020 the FAA selected two test sites: Virginia Tech Mid-Atlantic Aviation Partnership and Griffiss International Airport.
The FAA UPP was established in 2016 to define an initial set of industry and FAA capabilities required to support UTM operations. Three test sites were selected at the start of 2019 – Nevada Institute for Autonomous Systems; Northern Plains UAS Test Site; and Virginia Tech Mid Atlantic Partnership – with several services demonstrated under Phase One.
UTM services demonstrated in UPP Phase One included: (1) the exchange of flight intent among operators, (2) the generation of notifications to UAS Operators regarding air and ground activities, known as UAS Volume Reservations (UVRs), and (3) the ability to share UVRs with stakeholders, including other UAS Service Suppliers (USS) and the Flight Information Management System (FIMS).
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