RTCA announces new forum on digital flight operations for safe integration of new entrants

US standards agency RTCA has announced the formation of a new forum for interested parties to develop a framework of aircraft and system requirements that would be needed to support future aviation digital flight operations. Urban Air Mobility (UAM) and Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) envision a safe and efficient aviation transportation system using highly automated aircraft to operate and transport passengers or cargo at lower altitudes within urban, suburban, and non-urban environments. The purpose of this forum is to develop industry consensus around the required capabilities needed to ensure the integration of new entrants and legacy operations in a safe and efficient manner.

“With UAM and AAM, the aviation industry is working to develop a system that promises to be the next significant transportation innovation,” said Terry McVenes, President and CEO of RTCA. “Our goal with this forum is to bring industry alignment on how digital flight can support advancements in innovation that will protect current users of our national airspace system while also making room for new enterprises to operate safely.”

Members of this forum will look at a broad scope of the potential requirements and procedures applicable to digital flight operations. This includes communications, navigation, surveillance, and infrastructure capabilities as well as the needed performance standards that will be required in the future.

If you are interested in being considered for participation in this forum, please contact committees@rtca.org by 5 December 2022.

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