About

Future airspace management

Airspace is being transformed at a rapid rate by the emergence of new technologies that will allow products, services and aid to reach people and places faster. We are seeing astonishing growth in drone use in industries such as mining, farming and emergency services, with new applications for the technology appearing every day. This transformation requires us to develop innovative solutions to ensure our skies remain safe for traditional aircraft, new airspace users and the community.

We see Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) Traffic Management (UTM) and Collaborative Traffic Management in the Stratosphere (CTMS) as two key revolutions to air traffic management.

Innovation

Our Program

To manage the airspace transformation, we have established a program to develop and test new services in lower and upper level airspace. The program focuses on three key areas.

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Aerodrome Boundary Management

Airservices has partnered with CASA and Defence to deliver one of the most extensive national drone detection systems in the world.

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UTM/CTMS Information Flow and Management

Airservices needs to ensure that new airspace users (such as Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) and Urban Air Mobility (UAM) operators, high altitude balloons and pseudo satellites), are safely integrated into Australia’s overall air traffic management system.

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Future Airspace Structure

To ensure airspace is designed that maximises safety, efficiency and fairness outcomes, Airservices is exploring new approaches, standards, and requirements for airspace and flight path design in concert with CASA.

Drones are evolving the aviation ecosystem

Evolving the industry

Aerodrome boundary management

Airservices has partnered with CASA and Defence to deliver one of the most extensive national drone detection systems in the world. We are applying a risk-based methodology through trialling passive detection technology at our 29 civilian controlled airports throughout the country. These airports typically have the highest traffic numbers, and are where drones could pose the most risk. We are taking a phased approach to iterate our learning in order to inform government policy-making in this area.

Safe and efficient services are at our core

UTM/CTMS Information Flow management

With industry partners we are exploring flight information management systems that will allow us to share information between air traffic control, traditional aircraft and new airspace users to make sure passengers, freight, deliveries and services arrive where they need to be safely and efficiently.

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Designing the future

Airspace design

We are collaborating with CASA to explore new approaches, standards, and requirements for airspace and flight path design, including where the management of unmanned traffic will be needed and what services might be necessary. We expect that new classes of airspace will be required to enable us to provide safe and efficient services to new airspace entrants.

Unmanned Traffic Management Architecture

Unmanned Traffic Management in Australia

We already provide safe and secure management of traditional air traffic. New airspace users such as drones (unmanned aircraft systems) and aerial taxis (urban air mobility operators) must be safely integrated into our overall air traffic management system.We are developing innovative technological solutions and capability to enable us to provide new, valued airspace management services to our customers and emerging airspace users and to keep our skies safe.

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