Safe integration of unmanned aircraft into UK airspace.
The market for Uncrewed Aerial Systems (UAS) offers many benefits to the UK economy1. Whilst it incorporates many different industries, it is cargo, courier services, intralogistics and warehousing that show the highest growth, with use cases led by mapping and surveying, inspection, photography and filming. So, what’s the problem?
The benefits of UAS operations multiply when they operate Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS). BVLOS operations involve flying beyond an operator’s line of sight, often facilitated by advanced technologies and automation. Currently, UAS flying BVLOS in UK class G ‘uncontrolled’ airspace are operated in segregated airspace using Temporary Danger Areas. But to reach their full potential, UAS need to be able to operate routinely without special permissions and within unsegregated airspace. Adapting to these new vehicles and users – while continuing to safely accommodate existing aviation – will require a whole new way of managing airspace. In recent years, Egis has supported UK clients with the detailed research and planning needed to advance the integration of UAS into UK airspace.