ICAO issues call for Advanced Air Mobility infrastructure and global harmonization solutions

Montréal, 15 March 2023 – ICAO has issued a new request for information (RFI) to public and private-sector innovators in support of its upcoming 2023 DRONE ENABLE Symposium.

The RFI is issued annually to elicit 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,” stated 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.

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.

More detailed instructions for prospective RFI contributors are available here.

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 harmonize 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.

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Since it was established in 1944, ICAO’s support and coordination has helped countries to diplomatically and technically realize a uniquely rapid and dependable network of global air mobility, connecting families, cultures, and businesses all over the world, and promoting sustainable growth and socio-economic prosperity wherever aircraft fly.

As it enters a new era of digitization, and of incredible new flight and propulsion innovations, air transport is relying more than ever on ICAO’s expert support and technical and diplomatic guidance to help chart a new and exciting future for international flight. ICAO is innovating itself to answer this call, and expanding its partnerships among UN and technical stakeholders to deliver a strategic global vision and effective, sustainable solutions.

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