ICAO to develop prototype global drone registration system by mid December

ICAO will have the first proposals for its drone registry datasets ready for scrutiny at the second Global Air Navigation Industry Symposium (GANIS/2), 11-15 December 2017 in Montreal, Canada.

According to Sam Brand, Chief, Revenue and Product Management ICAO, speaking at the Commercial UAS show in London on 15 November, ICAO is developing a framework for a global registration system to collect drone identification data so the relevant national authorities can identify and track drones in their airspace.

ICAO is fast-tracking this “Futureland Drone Registration” activity via its small UAS advisory panel.

“It’s a potential solution to developing a registry platform, providing a plug-and-play option for States without an existing UAS registry,” said Sam Brand. An important part of this is agreeing the relevant datasets so the registration system can be used by all States, including those which have already introduced their own registries.

States will be able to develop this activity at a national level or input drone data directly into the ICAO platform, but they will remain the approving authority in accordance with their own regulations, said Sam Brand

The next stage in the process of developing a global registration system is the launch of a pilot programme for States to use this registry in identifying drones flying their airspace. ICAO is looking for two States to join the programme – one with a mature registry and one using the new ICAO format. The agency hopes to have this programme up and running by the end of 2018.


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