EASA publishes proposal for implementation of U-space in Europe

The European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) published a proposal for Acceptable Means Compliance and Guidance Material (AMC & GM) to enable harmonised implementation of U-space airspaces and U-space services as well as certification of U-space service providers across the European airspace

The publication of NPA 2021-14 by EASA follows the adoption of the U-space regulatory package, which creates the conditions necessary for both drones and manned aircraft to operate safely in the U-space airspace. The development of AMC & GM is crucial as the U-space regulations only provide a high-level framework for the U-space to enable the first operations of UAS without specifying the necessary means on how to enable harmonised implementation of the U-space.

The proposed AMC & GM provide the means to facilitate the implementation of the U-space services and to support the safe traffic management of unmanned aircraft that can be integrated with manned aviation in all types of environment.

Public comments on the NPA need to be submitted by 15.03.2022.

Notice of Proposed Amendment 2021-14

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY The objective of this Notice of Proposed Amendment (NPA) is to maintain a high level of safety for unmanned and manned aircraft operations in the U-space airspace.

This NPA proposes acceptable means of compliance (AMC) and guidance material (GM) to the U-space regulatory package (Regulations (EU) 2021/664, (EU) 2021/665 and (EU) 2021/666).

Due to the novelty of the subject, it is important to provide the necessary means for the implementation of the above-mentioned Regulations as regards:

— the concept of a U-space airspace and its management by the Member States (MSs) in terms of risk assessment and responsibilities;

— the dynamic reconfiguration of the U-space airspace, when applied; — the operational functioning of the common information service and the certification process for both the providers of this service and the U-space service providers (USSPs);

— the technical specifications and related performance requirements for the different U-space services;

— the exchange of all data and available information between the participants of the U-space airspace;

— the definition of relevant standard(s) for the connection to the common information service provider(s) to ensure interoperability and uniform implementation across the EU;

— detailed procedures and performance requirements for the flight authorisation services;

— the acceptable means for manned aircraft to be conspicuous when entering the U-space airspace in uncontrolled airspace;

— the expected coordination with local authorities, the security aspects to be covered in a specific U-space airspace, and the authorities’ oversight programme as well as any other task related to the management of the U-space airspace under their responsibility.

This proposal is expected to help in maintaining safety as regards operations of unmanned and manned aircraft in the U-space airspace and improve harmonisation among MSs as regards the provision of U-space services.