The International Civil Aviation Organisation’s (ICAO) has issued a new request for information to public and private-sector innovators in support of its upcoming 2023 DRONE ENABLE Symposium.

The RFI is issued annually in an appeal for new concepts and solutions to advance next generation global standards for cutting-edge unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), UAS traffic management (UTM), and advanced air mobility (AAM), with a focus on infrastructure requirements for this year.

“This year’s edition of DRONE ENABLE, focuses on the infrastructure solutions which will be needed to support these new types of aircraft and air services as they begin to be used for communities and economies all over the world,” said ICAO Council President Salvatore Sciacchitano.

“All DRONE ENABLE RFI responses will be evaluated by a group of international experts, and selected presenters will earn an important opportunity to contribute to shaping this incredible new future for powered flight,” commented ICAO Secretary General Juan Carlos Salazar.

Concepts and solutions

The deadline for the RFI submissions is 19 May 2023, with submitters being asked to focus on concepts and solutions addressing CNS (communication, navigation, surveillance) and spectrum requirements in low-level airspace. A further request seeks submissions identifying global interoperability and harmonization priorities for advanced air mobility.

The 2023 ICAO DRONE ENABLE Symposium will take place from 5 to 7 December at ICAO’s Headquarters in Montréal, Canada.

DRONE ENABLE RFI submissions greatly assist countries as they continue to work through ICAO to harmonise UAS and AAM related regulatory frameworks and guidance material, with the ultimate objective of achieving safe, efficient, and effective UTM and AAM ecosystems which are globally interoperable and accessible.

ICAO’s first Advanced Air Mobility Symposium (AAM 2024) is expected to take place from 9 to 12 September 2024, in Montréal, Canada. The theme is “Advanced air mobility (AAM) global harmonization and interoperability: Challenges and opportunities”.

The symposium will build upon the developments of DRONE ENABLE with attention given to concepts for AAM, electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft, vertiports, automation, trust framework and airspace integration. Several dimensions to these new mobility concepts and infrastructure will be considered.

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