Munish Khurana


European Network of U-space Demonstrators – Challenges & Opportunities


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A leader at heart with entrepreneurial passion that has led change in organizations globally to grow their business. He has delivered mission critical services in Europe, USA, Middle East & South Asia. He has led large scale organization transformation projects for OEMs, ANSPs, Tier-1 and Tier 2 suppliers comprising of aligning business and operational aviation strategies, business development, performance improvement, assurance and corporate governance, post-acquisition change management, process design and improvement, program/project management and organizational design initiatives. He has a deep command of improving maturity of organizations and preparing them to grow their business organically by implementing internal changes and inorganically via mergers and acquisitions. He has proven experience in managing strategy, operations, programs and commercial initiatives in a variety of industry verticals including Aviation, Unmanned Aerial Systems, Telecoms, Education, Defense, Banking, Finance, Retail Petroleum, Automotive, Rail and Medical Devices. He currently works at EUROCONTROL as a Senior Manager Business Development, responsible for developing ATM/Unmanned Traffic Management business with international stakeholders.


European Network of U-space Demonstrators was launched in Oct 2018 by the European Commissioner of Transport, Ms. V. Bulc.  The objective of the Network is to harmonise the U-space market by promoting dialogue and exchange of experiences amongst the U-space early implementers and their associated communities i.e. service providers, operators, local authorities, regulators and competent authorities, etc.  The lessons learned and best practices shared in the Network serve the U-space community to:
1) De-risk implementation by reducing «first time» errors for BVLOS operations
2) Accelerate lead time to market for U-space services and solutions
3) Stimulate creation of regulations and standards
4) Reduce red tape
Deliverables produced by the Network so far have included guidance documents on Rules of the Air, Common Altitude Reference System, UAS ATM Operational Concept, UAS ATM Airspace assessment and a U-space Web portal. More than 100 organisations and projects have signed up to become member of the Network. The presentation will highlight the current status of the Network and how projects can benefit from it.

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