Unmanned Aviation and Advanced Air Mobility

The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) is responsible for coordinating and developing global Standards and Recommended Practices (SARPs), Procedures, and Guidance material for unmanned aviation with the goal to facilitate a safe, secure, and efficient integration of unmanned aircraft into the global aviation system. 


Unmanned aviation affords unique opportunities, including cargo transportation, delivery of life-saving materials, wildlife monitoring, disaster management support, infrastructure inspection, and much more. The rapid advancement of technologies supporting unmanned aviation presents unique challenges to assure safe operations. 


Technologies in the fields of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS), UAS Traffic Management (UTM), advanced air mobility (AAM), vertiports, as well as work conducted by technical standards organizations continue to advance. ICAO's global aviation leadership, its role as a forum to exchange information and build global consensus are key to developing a holistic vision and a harmonized framework.  



Upcoming Events


DRONE ENABLE 2023 Webinars: 


DRONE ENABLE 2023 Symposium: DRONE ENABLE 2023 (icao.int) (5-7 December 2023, ICAO HQ, Montréal, Canada) 


First Advanced Air Mobility Symposium (AAM 2024): First Advanced Air Mobility Symposium (AAM 2024) (9-12 September 2024, ICAO HQ, Montréal, Canada) 



The Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) Section supports the following expert groups


The Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems Panel (RPASP) coordinates and develops ICAO Standards and Recommended Practices (SARPs), Procedures and Guidance material for remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS), to facilitate a safe, secure and efficient integration of remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) into non-segregated airspace and aerodromes.


The Advanced Air Mobility Study Group (AAM SG) assists the Secretariat in developing a holistic vision and framework regarding AAM. This is done in a coordinated manner with other ICAO expert groups, as appropriate, with the aim to support a safe, secure, efficient and environmentally sustainable integration of AAM operations, and to facilitate the development of the AAM ecosystem. Furthermore, the AAM SG advises on all AAM-related work to be done by ICAO. 


The Unmanned Aircraft Systems Advisory Group (UAS-AG) supports the Secretariat in developing guidance material and expedite the development of provisions to be used by States to regulate unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), with its industry and international partners, as well as the Member States. The UAS-AG has developed the UTM Framework which provides the foundations for consistent rules and regulations, facilitates consensus on best practices and standards, and supports the development of common guidance material. 


For further information please contact RPAS@icao.int 

 

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