On December 10th , 2015 was held the 1st Workshop of RAID project, at Palazzo Aeronautica Italiana, Rome.
Workshop agenda is available at:
RAID: RPAS in ATM Integration Demonstration
Under CIRA coordination, various Italian SMEs are in the project, namelyDeepBlue, NAIS, Nimbus, and the project has been endorsed by ENAV, the Italian ANSP. The University of Malta and MATS (Malta Air Traffic Service) are the international partners.
RAID is one of the eight European projects funded by the SESAR Joint Undertaking to focus remotely piloted aircraft system (RPAS) demonstration activities, that is to flight pre-operative tests of RPAS integration in the unsegregated airspace.
Application areas of RPAS are rapidly growing, above all in areas such as monitoring, surveillance, as for costs and emergency zones, and also for commercial activities.
The most relevant difference with the manned aviation is due to the lack of a pilot on board, (the pilot is actually remotely located in a Ground Control Station), depending on which circumstance the issue of a safe integration of RPAS with the civil/commercial air traffic strongly arise.
Several projects, and relevant funding, dealing with the RPAS integration in the unsegregated airspace are currently being carried out, both in USA and in Europe, as those supported by the SESAR JU.
The RAID Project, which will last 24 months, has performed the integration of RPAS in simulated flight condition. In the next period will be performed the flight trails in real conditions, to demonstrate the maturity of some technologies and procedures which can allow a safe RPAS integration with manned civil and commercial aviation.