Global UTM service provider OneSky has awarded a contract to Airservices Australia (Airservices) to develop a working prototype of a Flight Information Management System (FIMS) for its Uncrewed Traffic Management (UTM) network.
The Airservices RFP calls on suppliers to develop a FIMS concept tailored to the needs of the Australian aviation industry. While FIMS can refer to an interface between an air traffic management system and a UTM for data transfer, our goal is to collaborate with Airservices to create a platform for a wide variety of services: a platform which will ensure that drones operate safely within regulations and have minimal impact on other aircraft and the communities they fly over, and ensure “efficient, equitable and competitive access to airspace”.
Daniel Honaker, OneSky’s Global Implementation Manager, says that australia concept for the UTM is revolutionary. “This is one of the most comprehensive and thoughtful system specs we’ve seen,” Honaker says.
OneSky’s deep expertise, including its 30-year heritage in the aerospace industry with Analytical Graphics Inc (AGI), and experience from previous projects with Airservices made OneSky an ideal choice to develop the FIMS prototype. “We began developing UTM solutions in 2015 and have accelerated development to continue to meet the needs of the UTM space ever since,” Honaker says. “As such, we have a solid foundation of basic infrastructure and advanced services.”
“We believe we have a very flexible architecture and can accommodate Airservices’ hybrid approach,” Honaker said. “We are fully aligned with their concept and development roadmap, and our services already tick many of the boxes for their requirements. »
While building a system that meets global standards presents a challenge, integrating that system with the wide variety of aircraft, communications systems and services that make up a cooperative system is an even greater difficulty. OneSky’s onboarding framework, designed to make it easier for new users to onboard, solves the problem directly. “We have a lot of experience working directly with operators,” says Honaker. “We not only know how to put the system together, but also how to operate it.”
Partners AAM Group, Airbus and ResilienX will work with OneSky to deliver a complete system. “We enlisted top thought leaders to add their unique contributions to the effort,” Honaker says. AAM Group is a world leader in geospatial data; As any UTM framework is a “system of systems”, Airbus is a recognized global expert on equity in access to airspace. ResilienX brings its expertise in system compliance monitoring and security assurance to the project.
Director of Airservices Customer Experience Strategy Pierre Curran said FIMS will be a central part of the Unmanned Aircraft System (UTM) traffic management ecosystem, providing common situational awareness to all those operating in Australian airspace.
“The expected growth of new airspace users and new aircraft types – all with different automation, digitization and intelligence systems – presents an exciting opportunity for Airservices to work collaboratively with industry to develop FIMS and provide safe, efficient and equitable access to airspace for traditional flights as well as new airspace users,” Mr. Curran said.
“FIMS will facilitate the exchange of information between all stakeholders – air traffic control, operators of traditional aircraft and drones – to enable the safest and most efficient use of mixed traffic airspace. “
As one of only four global UTM vendors selected for the project, the FIMS Development Project is the culmination of years of work, participation in major global trials and panels developing UTM concepts.
“We’ve learned that no company is solving all of this on its own – we are very excited to be part of this small group of RFP recipients, and we look forward to collaborating with our partners and demonstrating the OneSky solution for Australia“, says the CEO of OneSky Bob Hammet.
“What Airservices Australia was looking for was something more advanced than the basic UTM system,” says Hammett. “Their requirements are very strong and reflect their advanced thinking on UTM needs for Australia.”
The deliverable of the Airservices call for tenders is important: but it is only the beginning. OneSky will provide a fully functional FIMS prototype that allows qualified USS vendors to participate, forming the bridge between the real drone operator and the UTM system. Based on the prototype, the Airservices concept could be used around the world to advance unmanned systems. “We look forward to forming a long-term partnership with Airservices as they strive to advance these concepts globally,” Hammett said.
“We are here for the long term and we want to see its success. Not only in this next phase where we bring in unmanned aircraft, but for later phases of urban and advanced air mobility.