The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) will be hosting the DRONE ENABLE, ICAO’s Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Industry Symposium from 22 to 23 September 2017 at its Headquarters in Montréal, Canada. The symposium will provide a unique opportunity for countries, international organizations, industry, academia and other stakeholders to share their research, best practices and lessons learned related to unmanned aircraft system traffic management systems (UTM). Attention will be given to defining a framework for a UAS traffic management (UTM) environment. Key supporting functions, such as a registration system, ability to remotely identify and track unmanned aircraft (UA), communications systems and geofencing-like systems, will be included.

COPA is attending this seminar and will report back on this international initiative to bring about some sort of common understanding and way of doing things.