The development of Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS) has opened a promising new chapter in the history of aviation, military applications have already demonstrated their operational effectiveness and are fully operational in several services. However, the new challenge will be the insertion of RPAS in the ATM. These systems are based on innovative technologies developments, offering solutions which may open new and improved civil/commercial applications, as well as improvements to the safety and efficiency of civil aviation without increase air traffic controllers workload.
ENAV is strongly motivated to support the advent of drones, regardless their categories, business mission and modes of use. Drones are expected to fly within the Italian airspace, provided that there will be no compromise for the safety and regularity of circulation of any other user.
ENAV participates with a primary role in EU funded demonstration activities, and its R&D goals in this sense are: first of all, to accommodate RPAS with minimum impact on technologies and on-going investments to avoid users redesign their technologies within the next 5-10 years; also, minimum impact on controllers’ workload is targeted; last but not least, ENAV is keen on having no impact on overall safety records and minimum application of special procedures, which would negatively affect the regularity of the traffic flow. Further, Enav understands the needs of RPAS and aims at building an environment where RPAS have to bear a minimum impact in terms of ATM related airborne equipment in order to comply with the safety standards and security measures.
ENAV is increasingly involved in RPAS with a primary role in EC funded demonstration activities (e.g. SJU MEDALE Demonstration project, ESA DESIRE, DESIRE2) and it is strongly convinced to actively take part in all related S2020 R&D projects and solutions.