Organizations solicit proposals for UAS traffic-management systems

DALLAS. The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI), have announced a Request for Information (RFI) on traffic-management systems for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS).

The ICAO -- a specialized agency of the tasked with managing the administration and governance of the Convention on International Civil Aviation -- announced the RFI on May 10 at the AUVSI-held XPONENTIAL 2017 trade show, which brings leaders in the areas of , robotics, and drones.

As operations become more complex and are increasingly used for military, commercial, and recreational purposes, UAS traffic-management systems (UTM) are necessary to seamlessly integrate UAS into the airspace and existing air-traffic-management systems.

An operational UTM will ensure the safe and efficient use of the airspace as UAS operations become more complex; such a system will delineate navigation routes and point-to-point route segments requiring specific equipage requirements, all of which will ensure the continued safety of the airspace.

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