European drone operators! What should be the priorities of a European UTM system?

The SESAR Joint Undertaking (SJU) and partners are developing a concept of operations for a European UAS traffic management system and are asking drone operators for their views on how this should be done and what should be the priorities for such a network.

The Concept of Operation for EuRopean UTM Systems (CORUS) programme ( is gathering experts from across the industry to write a concept of operations for U-Space, the European system for management of drones. CORUS aims to address very low level airspace and airspace around airports.

CORUS wants to consult with a group of stakeholders across various industries, who are invited to join the U-space Community Network (UCN). All queries about the network and joining details should be addressed to: There are no costs associated with participation and participation is entirely without obligation. Members of the UCN occasionally receive questions by e-mail and are furthermore welcome to send questions or comments to the CORUS team.

There are other ways of ensuring drone operators views can be heard. The CORUS team is organising three workshops to communicate with the stakeholders directly and the first workshop will take place on 23 and 24 January 2018 in Barcelona – with a key objective of hearing and understanding the wishes of U-space users. Or drone operators can simply leave a comment in the space below (“Leave A Reply”) and all comments will be passed on.

Starting from the U-Space blueprint and from the ATM Master Plan update, the project will produce detailed definitions of the services necessary for VLL drone operations over the next two years. The services will be defined in a way that shows how they can and should be used together to enable safe drone operations while balancing the needs of the drone sector with those of society as a whole.

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