Demonstrating BVLOS UAS operations in non-segregated airspace – Drones Information

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We are pleased to announce that the Aviation Innovation Center at the Goodwood Aerodrome has been selected as the venue for a highly innovative project to demonstrate the operation of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) from Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) in non-segregated airspace .

Trax International, ANRA Technologies, uAvionix and Plane Finder are industry partners who have received UKRI (UK Research and Innovation) funding to demonstrate their technical solution. They were selected by UKRI because the solution is seen as essential to a wide variety of UAS projects that would allow for a more effective recovery of existing and / or future CV19 impacts.

Temporary Hazardous Areas (TDA) like the one in Goodwood are currently being set up to ensure the separation of airspace between BVLOS operations and other airspace users. With increasing demand, multiple TDAs pose a security risk in terms of the complexity and efficiency of the airspace.

This project aims to provide a known operating environment without the need for a TDA, in which all airspace users are identified and presented to the UAS operator to provide a robust “detect and avoid” functionality that is as good as and quite likely superior to the “see and avoid” ability of conventional aircraft according to the Visual Flight Rules (VFR).

With the UAS traffic management solution currently being developed, BVLOS operations can be safely and seamlessly integrated into the manned aircraft environment. In addition, the project will capitalize on the UK CAA’s intention to use 978 MHz as the second ADS-B frequency to share surveillance and flight information data with other airspace users.

Live trials are planned for early 2021 at the Goodwood Aerodrome. Successful trials would allow the Aviation Innovation Center to provide the UK’s first non-segregated BVLOS airspace and facilitate the development, testing and demonstration of BVLOS operations without the requirement of a TDA while at the same time significantly improving the safety of all airspace users in the region.

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