SESAR INVIRCAT research publishes strategies on IFR RPAS operations in the TMA

The SESAR INVIRCAT research project has published a report on Strategies on IFR Remotely Piloted Aerial Systems (RPAS) Operations in the Terminal Manoeuvring Area (TMA).​ It presents alternatives and effects of the reference architecture and various alternatives of infrastructure, systems and sub-systems identified in the course of the INVIRCAT project.

The document summarises the key findings on alternatives and effects linked to IFR RPAS integration into the TMA in the thematic topics of C2 link, communication link, automatic take off and landing systems, and taxi systems.​ Each thematic topic is described by its alternative architectures, technologies, and systems, and associated advantages, disadvantages, and gaps. A two-step implementation recommendation is given based on timeframes from the SESAR Joint Undertaking ATM European Master Plan. Effects on safety and efficiency per step are assessed, and the mitigation of these effects is described.

The INVIRCAT project plans to create a refined version of the initial concept of operations (ConOps), and to release a final ConOps for RPAS in the TMA along with a final report on Impacts and Recommendations, during 2H22.

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