“Who should manage urban airspace?”

News UTM and UAV

FoxATM - CIVATA Global

It seems somehow strange that in most of the world the only responsibility that local authorities have for managing drone and urban air mobility operations above their cities is to have responsibility for flights in the airspace up to 500 ft above the land they own. It is the role of national civil aviation administrations to ensure the safety of all aircraft operations (including drones and urban air taxis), setting the rules and regulations for operations and deciding on the risk assessment criteria required of operators.

And most local authorities will want to do more than merely manage the UTM system in their UAM programmes – this work will most probably have to be done by contracted civil aviation industry companies anyway, as local authorities do not have the relevant expertise.

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