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ICAO to seek global traffic management solutions for drone aircraft operations

Montreal, Canada - "Drone Enable’ Symposium" will take place in September at its headquarters

In the near future, an overhead drone delivery or even a flying taxi may enter your daily life. To make these services safe and efficient, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) announced yesterday that it will begin establishing low-altitude traffic management guidance for domestic Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), and that industry, academia and other innovators will have a chance to further explore these issues later this year, when ICAO convenes its ‘Drone Enable’ Symposium in September at its Headquarters in Montréal, Canada. Because of their size and operational profiles, unmanned aircraft and prototypes generally do not fit the definitions for normal aircraft operations established under the Convention on International Civil Aviation (Chicago Convention). To address that fact, and better accommodate the speed being seen in UAS innovations today, ICAO will be employing a more responsive Request for Information process focused on specific problem statements relating to low-altitude UAS operations. ICAO’s over-riding goal is to better define the issues involved, whether technical, operational or legal, and also to ensure safety continues to remain the driving priority. The agency understands that the sooner this framework is agreed upon globally, the sooner industry will be able to launch their UAS businesses with suitable levels of investment confidence.

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