Innovative Operational UAS Integration (INOUI)
- A Roadmap to the Future of UAS
History (civil) airspace and into the civil air traffic is a challenge of
today. This challenge is tackled by different countries, by
The INOUI project is a response to the challenge of integrating different organisation and in different ways. INOUI members
UAS as Airspace User into the future ATM System. The represent a significant amount of experience with regard to
proposal itself is related to the Research Domain 4.g today’s practices. Therefore INOUI members believe they are
«Innovative Air Traffic Management Research» of the FP6- in a unique position to transport various national activities
2005-AERO-4, Research Area «Open Upstream Research», onto the European stage and in that way foster and support
by DG TREN of the European Commission. The definition of ongoing or new harmonisation activities.
the scope of the research domain 4.g is as follows:
«Novel concepts and technologies with a fresh perspective INOUI will not stop with looking at today, INOUI members
into a new air traffic management paradigm for all type of believe it is of utmost importance to look into the future and
aircraft in support of a more efficient air transport system. investigate how existing UAS applications will evolve and what
In this context, particular emphasis will be placed on the kind of new UAS applications might become reality either
ATM and airports component of SRA2 namely: innovative due to future requirements of e.g. telecommunications or
visualisation techniques; ATM for new vehicles (UAVs or other «non» ATM industry. This «visionary» activity requires
‘individual’ aircraft); highly automated ATM; towerless ATM; close cooperation with SESAR activities, which is ensured by
innovative all weather operations and enhanced the fact that the members are deeply involved in such activities.
environmental procedures at airport.»
INOUI intends to evaluate current UAS applications, project
The INOUI objective, as part European R&D community, is to them into the future and pool ideas for future UAS applications.
help to resolve the question of the UAS integration in the 2020 Furthermore innovations in UAS technology e.g. sense and
Air Traffic Management system. Therefore INOUI outcomes avoid will be cross checked with the innovations and
will establish a framework for the operation of the UAS in developments expected within the ATM System up to 2020 in
Europe, serving as a booster for the European UAS industry. the context of SESAR. The results of these cross checks will
Hence, European Community could take the leadership in support and ensure that innovative UAS applications will not
the operational scope (integrated operation of UAS) and in be rendered useless or inefficient by the evolving ATM System
the technical scope (UAS industry). and the ATM environment.
The Members These activities require a much wider audience than is
available with the INOUI members. INOUI expects future UAS
The INOUI consortium was founded by six organizations applications to be unveiled, which hitherto are not part of the
including UAS Manufacturers, Air Navigation Service mainstream thinking. Knowing this, one of the main targets,
Providers, Research Centres and Consultancy Companies besides alignment with SESAR, must be to incorporate all
from countries across Europe (France, Germany, Spain). UAS stakeholders – especially those who as yet might not be
Namely the founders are: aware that they should be part of this stakeholder group.
DFS Deutsche Flugsicherung GmbH (DFS), Germany, as Therefore several workshops are planned to chart the
co-ordinator; unknown territory of future UAS applications.
Ingeniería de Sistemas para la Defensa de España, S.A.
(Isdefe), Spain; Information of the public about INOUI and its results is another
Boeing Research & Technology Europe, S.L. (BRT&E), obvious target, consequently the internet or publications will
Spain; be used. In addition INOUI members will actively participate
Fundación Instituto de Investigación INNAXIS (INNAXIS), in national and international activities related to UAS systems
Spain; and applications.
Rheinmetall Defence Electronics GmbH (RDE), Germany;
Office National d’Etudes et Recherches Aérospatiales In short INOUI will investigate and research in the areas of:
(Onera), France. UAS Applications and their impact/consequences on the
These six organisations represent a balanced selection from ATM system;
the UAS stakeholder group and combine the required Integration of UAS into the future ATM Enterprise
experience for such an objective. Architecture;
Certification and licensing, especially human resources;
Our Beliefs Situational awareness, especially including UAS into the
System-Wide Information Management (SWIM);
UAS are flying today, mainly on military missions, but some Safety of UAS Operations;
on civilian errands, mainly in segregated airspace, but some Airport operations and how they are impacted by UAS
in controlled airspace. Looking at this reality it is true that operations.
most UAS applications today are of military origin or at least
military look alike applications i.e. surveillance. The integration Therefore INOUI intends to produce and present results
of the actual UAS applications and the UAS itself into the which:
Identify operational concepts for UAS applications and
describe the resulting procedures and requirements in
the different timeframes up to 2020;
Identify how the UAS can fit into the ATM System of 2020
and what activities have to be taken especially from the
UAS point of view (research roadmap);
Identify existing certification requirements and processes
and suggest an optimum certification blueprint for UAS
related human resources and as far as required UAS
Identify how UAS can benefit from SWIM and what activities
have to be taken to achieve the benefit;
Identify the safety issues related to UAS and develop high
level safety objectives and requirements;
Identify the potential airport types for UAS operations and
describe the operational impact.
INOUI members represent a cross section of the different Achim Baumann
organisations and their interests existing in today’s UAS Senior Project Manager
stakeholder group. We, as much as everybody else, realised Aeronautical Solutions
that a concise baseline for UAS and UAS applications on a DFS - Deutsche Flugsicherung GmbH Germany
European (and even global) level is required. Therefore this
project «Innovative Operational UAS Integration» with its target
to develop a «roadmap to the future of UAS» was created.
Nevertheless INOUI is well aware that the integration of
outside ideas and opinions is crucial to this project and will
strive to achieve a «buy in» by actively participating in UAS
related activities, publications and the internet. Furthermore
SESAR as the ATM project forms a major cornerstone for
INOUI. The SESAR activities will closely be monitored and
results will be incorporated into INOUI activities and vice versa.