UAS Traffic Management (UTM) Field Test
With significant growth in demand for airspace access, the FAA recognizes the continued need to collaborate with industry to improve UAS traffic management (UTM) for both visual line of sight (VLOS) and beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) operations. To that end, the UTM Field Test (UFT) was conducted in 2023 to validate proposed standards and evaluate new capabilities that support drone operations in the real world.
UFT was conducted in collaboration with two FAA UAS Test Sites:
- Virginia Tech Mid-Atlantic Aviation Partnership in partnership with Lone Star UAS Center of Excellence & Innovation, Texas
- Griffiss International Airport, New York
The FAA and its partners executed flight tests in complex environments including operations over people, at night, and among diverse missions. UFT also examined data correlation using remote identification, an updated cybersecurity framework, and other updates to UTM technology.
UFT focus areas included:
- Industry services supporting UTM
- Planning and coordination in complex operating environments
- Priority status of operational intent
- Data correlation service enhancements
- Identity and access management
Through this concept development and engineering and validation activities, the outcomes of UFT will help mature technologies, inform policy development and validation of standards, and lay the groundwork for creating a safe and scalable UTM ecosystem.
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UTM Field Test will help improve UTM capabilities and services within UTM ecosystem.
UFT Reference Documents
- UFT Final Report (PDF)
- FAA UFT YouTube Playlist
- UTM Pilot Program (UPP)
- UFT Industry Day Presentation (PDF)
- FAA UAS Traffic Management (UTM)
- Email: FAAUTM@faa.gov