The second phase of the FAA’s Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) Traffic Management Pilot Program (UTM/UPP) concluded with virtual demonstrations in partnership with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and two UAS Test Sites: the Virginia Tech Mid-Atlantic Aviation Partnership (MAAP) and the New York UAS Test Site (NYUASTS).
The demonstrations showcased emerging UTM capabilities that will support beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) operations. The following capabilities were demonstrated:
- The FAA UTM Flight Information Management System prototype and infrastructure, which gives FAA access to information from industry and other stakeholders on demand.
- New technologies and data flows to validate the latest international standards for remote identification and support authorized users with specific operator data.
- In-flight deconfliction in high-density airspace to validate recently proposed UTM standards to help drones avoid each other.
- UAS volume reservations to notify drone operators of emergencies and make sure other UTM capabilities worked properly in these scenarios.
- Secure information exchanges between FAA, industry, and authorized users to ensure data integrity.