NUAIR Alliance, CTO
Title: The Case for UTM Standards and a Path to Define Them
It is the desire of both operators and CAAs alike to use UTM/U-Space services as mitigations to risks imposed by UAS operations. But, without standards that define the level to which these services are effective, it is impossible to quantify the risk mitigated by using a UTM/U-space service. Despite many top-level strategic discussions on the topic of what UTM and U-space are intended to provide, there are no published standards defining expected level of performance. We defined “what” UTM does, and “how” it talks, but not “how well” it should do anything. With verified performance on both sides (vehicle and USS) , the Operator can be granted a waiver, or “operational authorization” creating a sustainable business case for manufacturers, operators, USS, and SDSP providers. Validated performance requirements are essential to moving the UTM ecosystems past the “demonstration” phase. This briefing discusses the UTM Standards flight test validation being done at the NYS UAS Test Site.
Andy Thurling is Chief Technology Officer at NUAIR Alliance.
The Northeast UAS Airspace Integration Research Alliance (NUAIR Alliance, or NUAIR) is a nonprofit coalition of New York, Massachusetts and Michigan private and public entities and academic institutions that provide unsurpassed expertise in aeronautical research, UAS operations, and safety management. Headquartered in Syracuse, NY, NUAIR manages operations of the New York UAS Test Site at Griffiss International Airport in Rome, NY, one of just seven FAA-designated UAS test sites in the United States, which is responsible to the Federal Aviation Administration and National Aeronautics and Space Administration to conduct operations for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) testing. NUAIR is recognized as a leader in technology and applications development in building the case for safe UAS operations in the Nation’s airspace. NUAIR provides safety, airworthiness, technical, operational, and customer support.
Andy is associate member of the Global UTM Association.