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Risk Analysis of the Future Implementation of a Safety Management System for Multiple RPAS Based on First Demonstration Flights

Energy Department, Politecnico di Milano, Via La Masa 24, 20156 Milan, Italy
Nimbus Srl, Via Bertola Poligono 19, 10040 Turin, Italy
Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Politecnico di Torino, Corso Duca degli Abruzzi 24, 10129 Turin, Italy
Centro Italiano Ricerche Aerospaziali (CIRA), Via Maiorise 1, 81043 Capua, Italy
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Academic Editor: Sergio Montenegro
Electronics 2017, 6(3), 50;
Received: 12 May 2017 / Revised: 21 June 2017 / Accepted: 21 June 2017 / Published: 5 July 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Unmanned Aerial Systems/Vehicles (UAS/V) and Drones)
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The modern aeronautical scenario has welcomed the massive diffusion of new key elements, including the Remote Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS), initially used for military purposes only. The current decade has seen RPAS ready to become a new airspace user in a large variety of civilian applications. Although RPAS can currently only be flown into segregated airspaces, due to national and international Flight Aviation Authorities′ (FAAs) constraints, they represent a remarkable potential growth in terms of development and economic investments for aviation. Full RPAS development will only happen when flight into non-segregated airspaces is authorized, as for manned civil and military aircraft. The preliminary requirement for disclosing the airspace to RPAS is the implementation of an ad hoc Safety Management System (SMS), as prescribed by ICAO, for every aeronautical operator. This issue arises in the context of the ongoing restructuring of airspaces management, according to SESAR-JU in Europe and NextGen in the USA (SESAR-JU has defined how RPAS research should be conducted in SESAR 2020, all in accordance with the 2015 European ATM Master Plan). This paper provides the basis to implement a risk model and general procedures/methodologies to investigate RPAS safety, according to the operational scenarios defined by EASA (European Aviation Safety Agency). The study is based on results achieved by multiple-RPAS experimental flights, performed within the RAID (RPAS-ATM Integration Demonstration) project. View Full-Text
Keywords: RPAS; non-segregated airspaces; UAV integration; SMS RPAS; non-segregated airspaces; UAV integration; SMS

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Grimaccia, F.; Bonfante, F.; Battipede, M.; Maggiore, P.; Filippone, E. Risk Analysis of the Future Implementation of a Safety Management System for Multiple RPAS Based on First Demonstration Flights. Electronics 2017, 6, 50.

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