Over the coming months, the SESAR Horizon 2020 PODIUM project will perform demonstrations of U-space services and technologies at five locations.
Those locations are the Drones Paris Region cluster (Bretigny, France), the Netherland RPAS Test Centre (Markenesse, The Netherlands), Groningen Airport (Eelde, The Netherlands), Hans Christian Andersen Airport (Odense, Denmark) and Rodez-Aveyron Airport (France). The demonstrations will take place until end June 2019.
PODIUM partners will perform BVLOS and VLOS flights covering eighteen operational scenarios, including multiple drone flights and in the vicinity of airports.
The project aims to collect and analyse feedback from drone operators, air traffic controllers, supervisors and authorities with a view to validating the ease-of-use and benefits of U-space. PODIUM seeks a strong engagement from stakeholders in order to strengthen its conclusions on maturity and recommendations for improvements.
For this reason, PODIUM is convening the following U-space visitor events:
- May 14: “Unexpected” scenarios with security (joint event with SECOPS)
Hosted by NLR: Netherlands RPAS Test Centre - Marknesse, The Netherlands.
- May 23: Regular drone usage and interoperability with manned aviation
Hosted by Integra Aerial Services and Naviair: Hans Christian Andersen Airport - Odense, Denmark.
- June 4: “Unexpected” scenarios in an ATC controlled airport environment
Hosted by NLR: Groningen Airport - Eelde, The Netherlands.
- June 13: Enhanced Business Operations
Hosted by Drone Paris Region cluster - Bretigny, France.
- June 26: Interoperability with ATC
Hosted by Airbus: Rodez-Aveyron Airport, France.
- October 17: Dissemination event
EUROCONTROL headquarters, Brussels.
The respective site hosts will issue invitations to local stakeholders shortly. The PODIUM project coordinator, EUROCONTROL, will issue invitations and registration details to a wider set of stakeholders for the final dissemination event.
PODIUM stands for Proving Operations of Drones with Initial Unmanned aircraft system traffic Management. The main PODIUM partners are EUROCONTROL (project coordinator), Airbus, Delair, Drone Paris Region, DSNA, Integra Aerial Services, Naviair, NLR, Orange and Unifly.
PODIUM supports U-space, the European vision for the safe, secure and efficient handling of drone traffic, and a key enabler for a growing drone market to generate economic and societal benefits.