Understanding the challenges and whether it is actually possible to integrate BVLOS drone operations with other airspace users is a pretty essential bit of work if we don’t want to be plagued by ‘pop-up’ TDAs or more permanent airspace segregation’s in years to come.
The Goodwood Trial is different from the majority of other BVLOS related ACPs, currently on the books, in that it seeks to establish a TDA for activation on a maximum of 90 occasions to allow the robust testing and experimentation of operation of BVLOS drones operating inside a known electronic conspicuity environment.
Other aspects of this trial that will be of interest to the wider GA community will be that the ‘air picture’ established in support of the BVLOS ops will be rebroadcast for any other suitably equipped member of the aviation community to utilise via TIS-B and the area will also be supported by elements of FIS-B including the tactical notification of the airspace via the TFR function. The trial will also test the deployment of ADS-B Obstacle beacons to help electronically notify the activation of fixed location aviation activities such a paragliding and model flying.
This work is conducted to establish whether it is possible to safely transition the TDA into a TMZ of similar dimensions within which a BVLOS drone could interact and deconflict itself from other airspace users in line existing ICAO see and avoid principles but achieved via Detect and Avoid (DAA) in the known electronic environment.
The aim of this trial is to take all of the ‘building blocks’ now enabled by the UK CAA and put them together to potentially enable BVLOS drone operations with no other impact on the rest of the community than the requirement to be electronically conspicuous.
It is probably worth pointing out that the consortium and operators involved in the latest Goodwood Trial have nothing whatsoever to do with the operator or vehicle reported on by the AAIB today however, I agree with Dave, in that the report makes fascinating reading and in my opinion should and will drive fundamental safety considerations by operators, developers and regulators for years to come.
You can track the progress of the Goodwood Trial via the CAA’s Airspace Portal at https://airspacechange.caa.co.uk/Public ... ea?pID=298