The ODREA project is expected to investigate the following aspects of RPAS insertion in civilian airspaces:

  • Definition and validation of procedures in aerodrome circulation, and during SID/STAR phase of flight around the same airport
  • Capability to issue an IFR-like flight plan for RPAS
  • Capability to integrate a MALE RPAS to the managed air traffic of a middle sized commercial airport
  • Capability to follow adapted SID/STAR from/to a middle sized commercial airport
  • Capability to conduct all three types of missions (point to point, planned and unplanned aerial work) in a lower airspace, including abnormal situations


For that purpose, the project merges simulation and demonstration flight activities:

  • Simulations: the main objectives of the simulations are to assist in the definition and the validation of operational procedures managing RPAS within representative controlled traffic. Moreover, the simulation framework is used to perform deeper analysis of some situations and environments without over costs that would result of actual flights though allowing assessment of human factors with representative controller and remote pilot stations
  • Demonstration Flights: the main objectives in the in-flight demonstrations are twofold:

– Demonstrate that RPAS can be interfaced with standard civil ATC and exchange data to be managed as other commercial aircraft by civil operator

– Demonstrate Detect & Avoid capabilities with respect to other traffic, both on the airport surface and in the air

Several demonstration flights will be performed, in order to:

  • Assess the impact of RPAS architecture on communication between ATC and RPAS operators, particularly the effect of data link quality, availability, latency (especially for voice signal)
  • Demonstrate operational procedures:

– Nominal procedure between ATC and RPAS

– Handover between different controllers (tower, approach)

– Contingencies / recovery procedure