To enable future complex commercial drone operations, digital UAS traffic management (UTM) solutions are needed to manage a diversity of drones and operators within the same airspace. Furthermore, as there will be multiple commercial providers of UTM services, known as UAS Service Suppliers (USS), interoperability among industry players becomes equally critical.
The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)’s UTM Pilot Program (UPP) was designed to address these issues through testing unmanned traffic management within real-world scenarios. On June 13–21, 2019, AirMap provided core UTM services for the FAA UPP trials organized at Virginia Tech’s Mid-Atlantic Aviation Partnership (MAAP).
For the trials, AirMap and other USS partners provided UTM services for participating drones, including flight planning and manned traffic alerts. At the same time, the USS successfully communicated with each other to share flight plans and ensure deconfliction, helping to provide a shared view of the airspace and improve overall safety and coordination.
Learn more about how AirMap and its program partners demonstrated interoperable unmanned air traffic solutions through the FAA’s UPP trials by clicking below.