ICAO and Drones

At the AUVSI “Xponential 2017” Conference in Dallas, ICAO announced its goal of developing a common global framework for traffic systems for drones, known in technical terms as UTM systems. This initiative is part of the work programme that has been assigned to ICAO by its 191 member States. 

In short, UTM systems are a tool for managing low altitude airspace, and they include the registration and identification of drones. Their creation has already been proposed by many ICAO Member States. Drones are formally known as “Unmanned Aircraft Systems” (UAS). UTS stands for “UAS Traffic Management.”