In 2014, DHL released a report on using drones for logistics. After a general presentation, focused on drone applications and working, the authors present the vision of DHL for four use cases: first/last mile delivery, rural delivery, infrastructure surveillance, and intralogistics.
The integration of large drones flying under Instrument Fllight Rules in controlled airspaces is a complex task, yet a desirable objective. However, to benefit from the ATC, the Remote Pilote needs to communicate properly with the ATCOs. And that is where latency messes everything up.
As UAS technology and regulation evolve, more missions get added to the list of drone applications. Among the earliest to be identified were the missions related to the electric industry (e.g. power line surveillance, windmill inspection). Last month (February), the Oak Ridge National Laboratory released a 168p survey entitled: “An Early Survey of Best Practices for the Use of Small UAS by the Electric Utility Industry”.
Unlike other ACASs (ACAS II, ACAS X), ACAS Xu can provide both vertical and horizontal resolutions. The challenge is: how to choose between vertical and horizontal maneuvers? The choice is done by a module called Nucleus. However, little information on what Nucleus might be was publicly available until last September.
Drones regulation is quickly evolving with a notable increase in complexity as more mission types appear, technology advances and public acceptability evolves. Complying with the regulation is complexe enough in a single country, and it gets even more complex for cross-border missions.
The EASA recently released some results from the “Drone Collision” task force. The goal of this study was to assess the potential risk to aircraft posed by drones of different sizes flying at different levels.
After the « Introduction of a regulatory framework for the operation of drones », the EASA is now proposing a complete prototype regulation for unmanned aircraft operation (all categories, all altitudes).