EuroUSC Italia, Italy
Colonel of Italian Air Force, retired in December 2016 after 36 years of service. University Degree in Law and Master in International Humanitarian Law and Peacekeeping. Background as Air Traffic Controller, he got TWR, GCA, RADAR APPROACH and AREA ratings and he worked in ITAF airbases and in military AREA Air Traffic Control centers. He is “on job instructor”, assessor, examiner, inspector and auditor in the ATC matters. Since 1996, he worked in the national Airspace Management Cell (military/civil ATC body) and in Airspace Coordination Unit (ITAF/ENAC/ENAV body), both offices involved in pre-tactical Air Traffic Management. Since 2003 to 2007, chief of Planning Office in RAAV (ITAF ATC Academy) and meanwhile, in 2006-2007, he took part of the ENAC team involved in the first certification of ENAV, the main national Air Navigation Service Provider. Between 2008 and 2011 he “fully” seconded ENAC in the Air Traffic Management and in the RPAS domains.
Back to Air Force, from 2011 to 2016 he worked in General Air Staff, chief of Airspace Regulatory section, fully involved in the strategic airspace management and civil-military coordination and representing Italy in military and civil ATM groups (e.g. EUROCONTROL and NATO).
Since 2004, heavily involved at national and international level in the RPAs matters, both for military and civil rulemaking and management aspects. Since January 2017, he has been working with EUROUSC-Italia and involved in DREAMS project.
DREAMS is one of the projects financed by SESAR-JU to start development and implementation of U-Space.
The DREAMS consortium is composed by industry (IDS), university (TU DELFT), operators (TOPVIEW) and consultant organizations (EUROUSC ESPAÑA and ITALY).
DREAMS aims at defining the European UTM Aeronautical Information Management operational concept, technical aspects and environmental scenarios. Technologies and safety impact are analysed to identify possible U-space data service providers and required facilities.
The first phase of the study has carried-on the identification and assessment of U-Space scenarios, in which UAS VLOS and BVLOS operations are conducted, considering the related safety issues and the services that could be provided to Operators.
The purposes of first phase of the project were to:
– identify specific operational U-Space scenarios and related services;
– analyse specific operational scenarios and related risk assessment to serve as requirement for definition of U-space system;
– verify the regulatory compliance of scenarios, in particular, regarding to technical and service providers’ aspects.
The Risk-assessment has been implemented with application of SORA Specific Operation Risk Assessment , for possible influence of RPAS operation for third parties on the ground (Ground-Risk) and Mid-Air Collisions with other manned aircraft (Air-Risk) and EASA Pre-Regulatory Impact Assessment, applied for the evaluation of potential failure conditions within the U-space services proposed in scenarios.
Risk-Assessment provided a set of performance parameters (i.e. transaction time, continuity, availability) applicable to each U-space service and related safety requirements.
The regulatory compliance has been assessed on the basis of ICAO and EU regulations, including the draft UAS Regulations proposed by EASA with Opinion 1/2018.
The regulatory compliance assessment underlined possible development of new U-Space services and new Service Providers that might make part in U-Space; Authorities might be supported by new “actors” like the Qualified Entities, if EASA will approve these bodies.
Consequently, regulation might be updated and new rules could be implemented.