To promote the uniform, secure, and effective implementation of U-space throughout the European Union, the European Union Aviation Safety Agency has released its first set of Acceptable Means of Compliance and Guidance Material.
The management of unmanned aircraft traffic to ensure the safety of interactions with other entities using the same space in urban areas and other locations has come to be known as “U-space.”
This is a significant step for the drone service market, as U-space airspace and services implementation enables more complex drone operations beyond the visual line of sight, such as drone operations in an urban environment, across European airspace. This major EASA deliverable would not have been possible without the active involvement of the European drone and aviation community. The implementation of U-space airspace and U-space services represents the first step towards the safe integration of manned and unmanned traffic in the airspace- said Patrick Ky, Executive Director of EASA
More than 30 specialists, as well as officials from the civil aviation authorities and industry, worked together under the direction of EASA to produce the paper that was eventually released. The AMC/GM for the U-space regulatory framework represents the state-of-the-art of U-space concept, systems, and technology and has been designed taking into account the most recent innovations from industry and U-space stakeholders. As a result of the AMC/thorough GM’s treatment of the U-space regulation’s many facets and key players, U-space will be implemented across Europe in a way that is equitable, effective, secure, and safe.
As of January 26, 2023, when the U-space regulatory framework (Regulations (EU) 2021/664, (EU) 2021/665, and (EU) 2021/666) officially enters into force, EASA looks forward to the next phases of the U-space implementation.
The first U-space airspace designations and U-space service provider (USSP) certifications will be made shortly as part of the implementation process. Beyond creating the legal framework, EASA will continue to actively contribute to the deployment of U-space by accrediting USSPs from third countries (non-EU) that want to provide services in Europe.
The Agency will eventually be able to improve the initial set of AMC/GM based on the lessons learned during the first few years of drone operations in the U-space thanks to the experience all U-space stakeholders obtained during the early deployments.