The technology to create the interconnected sky of the future is here, but it’s up to the regulators and the different governing bodies throughout the world to create the necessary legal framework for full deployment. Doing so will open up countless commercial opportunities while also changing expectations around mobility, which will increase the kinds of options people have around where they live, where they can go, and how they can get there.

This report details the origins of our current Air Traffic Control system and investigates potential future plans and systems as they relate to unmanned aircraft flying in urban airspace. 

Among the topics it considers are:

  • Airbus UTM’s “Blueprint for the Sky – the roadmap for the safe integration of autonomous aircraft”
  • EmbraerX’s Urban Air Traffic Management System
  • Boeing’s Skygrid Initiative
  • Controller-pilot datalink communications and how it could pertain to drones
  • The creation of a UAS traffic management system with universal protocols  
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About The Author: Juan B. Plaza

Juan received a degree in Geodesy and a master in digital photogrammetry from Universidad Central de Venezuela and a MBA in international Finance from Florida International University. He has over 750 hours of experience in photogrammetry navigation and camera operation in aircraft as varied as WWII B-25, Cessna 310, Lear Jet 25C and Piper Aztec. Juan holds a Commercial, Multiengine Pilot certificate. Juan has been selling mapping UAVs in Latin America for four years and is a frequent guest speaker in events where the safety of flying UAV’s and the fact that unmanned and manned aircraft inevitably will share the same airspace, is a relevant topic. He is the CEO of Juan B Plaza Consulting, a services’ firm specializing in UAV and general aviation issues.