Sunday, September 19, 2021

How drones can be best integrated into shared airspace

Professors Tom Cherrett and Jim Scanlan at the University of Southampton are leading an Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) funded project (E-Drone, e-drone.org), which is looking at how drones can be best integrated into existing logistics systems, particularly focussing on health care supply chains.

A key issue with operating drones, particularly beyond visual line of sight, is approving and setting up temporary danger areas (TDAs), which effectively reserve areas of airspace for drone operations at the expense of other air users.  TDAs are a blunt instrument for managing airspace, can take considerable time to get approved, and only last for a specific time period.

As part of this research, we would like to invite you to our online workshop for drone operators, and other associated organisations from within the drone industry sector, to discuss how drones can be better integrated into shared airspace alongside crewed aviation longer term.  On the 26th March 2021, we held a similar workshop to discuss this issue with members of the General Aviation community and a summary of the key findings can be found here.

Further details about the workshop can be found via the event registration link provided below.  Please feel free to forward this invitation to any other people who might be interested in attending.  There is no charge to attend this event.

·         Location: Online

·         Date: Tuesday, 3rd August 2021

·         Time: 09:00 – 11:00

·         Event information and registration: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/drone-operators-online-workshop-tickets-162682426517