Frequently asked questions

Below we’ve answered some of our most frequently asked questions about Airbus UTM. If you have any additional questions left unanswered, please don’t hesitate to contact us

What does UTM stand for? Is it part of ATM?

UTM stands for Unmanned Traffic Management. With the introduction of new aircraft, and new aircraft operations, we can no longer solely rely on human-centered ATM (Air Traffic Management) and legacy technology with limited automation. So developing a more modern, scalable digital traffic management infrastructure that integrates with our global airspace, and existing solutions, is a matter of necessity. The proper evolution of ATM to UTM will require an incremental and intentional ecosystem effort.

I’ve heard of Altiscope, are they the same group as Airbus UTM?

Yes. Airbus UTM was originally Altiscope, a project within A3, Airbus’ innovation center in Silicon Valley. Due to the project’s success in research and development around the UTM space, the team was absorbed into the commercial Airbus organization. The team’s background in simulation and unmanned airspace management, distributed software systems, made them a valuable addition to the Airbus family as we work on a holistic air traffic management solution.

Where is Airbus UTM based?

Airbus is a global company, serving customers all around the world. While Airbus UTM is headquartered in Munich, Germany, the group has strong representation in Silicon Valley and across many other European and Asia-Pacific regions. Having a global presence, with the ability to tap into the Silicon Valley technology and talent, is a unique advantage to the customers we serve.

Are you selling UTM solutions?

Airbus has been very conscientious to its approach to UTM. We spent the first several years on research and analysis to better understand airspace challenges and marketplace. As such, we published Blueprint for the Sky, outlining our findings and our plans for the best approach to the future of this industry. Our number one priority is to deploy a UTM infrastructure in the safest, most responsible fashion. In addition to continuing the design and developing of robust UTM services, we’re establishing UTM trials with customers around the world. Airbus is also an FAA-approved UAS Service Supplier (USS) for Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability (LAANC) services. If you are interested in learning more about our services or partnering with Airbus UTM, please contact us.

How aligned are you with ANSPs and various authorities in the industry?

Over the past several years, we have been very diligent in ensuring that our UTM development and deployment strategy is aligned with both regulators, ANSPs and research groups internationally. In fact, Airbus has close relationships with ICAO, EASA, the SESAR JU (CORUS, PODIUM, IMPETUS), EUROCAE, ASTM, and GUTMA to continue to the safe, scalable adoption of UTM. We meet regularly with EUROCONTROL.

What is the Blueprint?

The Blueprint for the Sky: The Roadmap for the Safe Integration of Autonomous Aircraft represents months of careful analysis by Airbus on the future needs for the airspace, the widespread impact of its forthcoming changes, and the development of the tools required for its enablement. The Blueprint is Airbus’ vision for UTM including stakeholder roles, air traffic configuration, and system architecture. It has been reviewed by a number of independent parties, including representatives from IATA, NATCA, GUTMA, the World Economic Forum, and the New Zealand Ministry of Transport. Read the entire Blueprint here.

What is the Community Perception Study?

As the aircraft entering our skies change, there is an increased discussion of Urban Air Mobility (UAM): how it will be deployed, questions around safety, concerns on noise, and much more. But thus far, these conversations have occurred between experts and stakeholders in the industry rather than taking into account the opinions of the general public. We seek to change this with our research such as the Preliminary Community Perception Study. The study surveyed 1,500 members of the public around the world to determine their perceptions of safety, noise, inequity, visual pollution, and privacy when it comes to the deployment of UAM. The research found that 44 percent are in support of, or in strong support of the initiative, with 41 percent believing these aircrafts to be safe to very safe which only serves to further back the growing excitement around the deployment of UAM. Read the entire study here.

What is Closing the Loop?

Closing the Loop is Airbus UTM’s email memo. Those who subscribe to the newsletter are the first to hear about our new research and products. We’d love to have you join our subscriber list here. Want to catch up on past news? Check out our previous memos here to get a better idea for what we share.

How do I get started on deploying a UTM?

The Airbus UTM team is ready to partner with a variety of organizations who are looking to better understand their airspace challenges and take steps to implement a UTM solution. The consultancy service leverages the Airbus UTM simulation tool to test and validate airspace design in order to develop a specific operational vision for partners’ airspaces over the next 5-10 years. From there the team offers on-site collaboration workshops and build a roadmap to begin to deploy a robust UTM infrastructure.

How do I work with Airbus UTM?

We are always looking to partner with companies and organizations across the industry and throughout the world. If you’re interested in working with us or have any additional questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.