ENAIRE held the second meeting of GO-DRON, the conference forum for the operational drone sector, analyzing the suggestions for improvement and prospects of remote-controlled aircraft flights and improvement initiatives related to the needs of non-aviation in the field and recreational areas related to aviation. In addition, new members, TEDAE and AECA, representing industry and airlines, were invited to participate in the forum.
At this second meeting, an extensive work program was agreed, which includes initiatives related to the flight operations of professional and recreational drones and operations with drones used by the security forces and bodies. The user associations represented in this group as well as the General Directorate Civil Aviation, Aena, AESA, the air personnel, the department for customs and special taxes of the tax authority will participate in the subsequent development of this work program. the Secretary of State for Security and Representatives of Industry and Commercial Aviation.
ENAIRE has presented a detailed analysis of the development of UAS applications in recent years. In the first quarter of 2021, 1,038 drone operations were coordinated, 63% more than in 2020 (1,646 jobs). An example of this rapid growth is March 2021, when more deals were made than in all of 2018.
We are working on improving and shortening the processing times for these inquiries in order to promote the growth of the drone sector and the work of the operators in their clear vocation as public service providers. 75% of the operations were handled via ENAIRE Planea, which is available at plane.enaire.es, the platform for managing and requesting aerial work. This value is expected to increase in the short term.
The meeting dealt with the current status of the European U-Space regulations, the use of the U-Space platform from ENAIRE and the U-Space and UAM (Urban Air Mobility) projects in which ENAIRE is involved.
U-Space is a set of digital services to support the management of a large number of drone operations in a digital and automated way that the European Commission has proposed as a European solution for the automated management of UAS and their integration into the airspace. This will be essential to alleviate the current pressures from UAS applications, which due to the observed trend will undoubtedly increase in the coming months.
The European regulation governing underground space was passed in February and comes into force on January 26, 2023. It defines the rules and procedures for the provision of specific services that enable safe drone operation and their integration into the aviation system. Application to certain reserved geographical areas designated by Member States as U-Space airspace.
The use of U-Space includes the integration of new agents, the specific providers of these services, the so-called U-Space service providers (USSPs), who offer their services to drone operators in a competitive market, into the system. supported by the only common information service provider (Single Common Information Services Provider-CIS P), for the provision of which we have just tendered the delivery of a U-Space platform at national level, which together with ENAIRE as the provider of the air traffic control services and other providers of aerodrome aviation services as well as the drone operators themselves and privileged users will form the U-Space ecosystem.
The development and provision of ENAIRE’s U-Space platform, which is tendered for the provision of U-Space services, enables us to be prepared for the automated management of these drone operations out of sight in U-Space airspaces, especially centrally the common information services.
In order to test the integration of drone traffic in our airspace, ENAIRE is involved in European consortia that, together with the UAM (Urban Air Mobility) concept, will demonstrate the viability of U-Space. The projects CORUS-XUAM, AMU-LED and Uspace4UAM, which will carry out various exercises in Spain: Casteldefells in Barcelona, Santiago de Compostela and Villacarrillo in January, deserve special mention.
These consortia within the SESAR Joint Undertaking Alliance will test the delivery of packages by drones and flying taxis in cities through applications.
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