Cristiano Baldoni



ENAV, Italy


Bio Data

Currently appointed as Head of Communication Navigation Surveillance Meteo and ICT Security Organisational Unit, he’s responsible for the implementation of ENAV Investment Plan related to CNS and operational ground communication network (ICT) infrastructure for ATM in Italy. The investment rate in such domains is about 40M€-50M€/year. With a degree in Aeronautical Engineering, after few years spent in the European Space Agency, he entered ENAV in 2002 at managerial level. In ENAV, he has been involved in most of the processes for the definition of the Company strategies and its policies for the business development and ATM services improvement, inter alia contributing to the preparation of the Company Strategic business plan, the yearly investment plans and the European convergence plans; advising the Top Management on important opportunities such as the ENAV involvement in the SESAR initiative from its very beginning (end of 2003) and securing its commitment. Since 2004, he was responsible for ENAV participation in the SESAR Programme. The Definition phase successfully closed in 2008 with the delivery of the ATM Master Plan, celebrated in Rome. Then, after conducting the negotiation phase for ENAV accession to the SESAR Joint Undertaking, the Public-Private company that has been mandated by the European Commission to develop the ATM Master Plan, he coordinated the overall ENAV contribution and represented ENAV in the governance bodies of the SESAR JU.


ENAV is interested to address the following items in the presentation:

  1. a) ENAV’s opinion on U-Space and ENAV’s experimental/testing/deployment activities in this domain;
  2. b) What ENAV considers the overall priorities that should be dealt with at European level;
  3. c) The importance of defining “standard scenarios” for the “specific category” of RPAS operations relative to the shaping of U-Space.

ENAV signed an agreement with Italian Civil Aviation Authority – ENAC (03.08.2017):

  • To identify the enablers for ensuring safe VLL operations with UAS, and providing relevant UAS traffic management services.
  • To deploy an infrastructure aimed at providing UAS traffic management services which also meet the ENAC regulatory requirements.

The market pushes to have easier access to the airspace for BVLOS operations. Principles for unblocking the potentiality in the different applications have been identified:  risk based, performance based, experiment based. BVLOS Scenario detailed operational and technological hypothesis of work, describing essential requirements in different situations (not populated vs urban). These hypothesis will be used for the demonstration campaign involving several stakeholders, pioneers in Italy of BVLOS operations in VLL airspace and main input to derive standard scenario to be used for regulations. Main objectives are:

  •   Demonstrate an incremental acceptance for BVLOS operations in Italy.
  • Assess the readiness of technologies which may mitigate the risk of BVLOS operations
  •   Develop suitable regulations for this operations.

ENAV is creating a NEWCO with industrial partners for the realization of the UTM services. ENAV actively participates to the international working groups and fora (e.g. U-Space SJU, GUTMA, EUROCAE WG-105, CANSO providing its know-how and perspective (operational, technical, organizational and business view points). ENAV consider really important to facilitate BVLOS operations taking advantage of mature technologies and other mitigation means; it is as well important to distinguish between short terms and long terms elements/solutions, having clear in mind an European/Global harmonized deployment roadmap.

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