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Are You Clear About " Well Clear " ?

Guido Manfredi 1, 2 Yannick Jestin 2
1 ENGIE Ineo - Safran RPAS Chair
SAFRAN Group, Aéroports de Paris, ENAC - Ecole Nationale de l'Aviation Civile
Abstract : Regulations from the ICAO use the term Well Clear without defining it. Now, this definition is needed to design air traffic Detect And Avoid systems. A definition is currently discussed at the ICAO level, with work on the associated Remain Well Clear (RWC) function underway at standardisation bodies level (RTCA, EUROCAE). But many members of the communities impacted by these works are not well aware of their state. To adress this lack of awareness, this paper provides three contributions. First, it derives from ICAO texts the components of a RWC function: boundaries, alerts and guidances. These are linked to essential elements required to define the Well Clear term: a start and end, the actors involved, and the expected actions. Second, it summarizes the current regulatory efforts in RTCA, EUROCAE and ICAO regarding the Well Clear and Remain Well Clear notions. Third, it proposes discussion topics to move forward. From a DAA perspective, the notion of Well Clear is key to unlock RPAS full integration, i.e. operation in all classes of airspaces. Though existing works make good progress, the ressources engaged on this topic seem insufficient when compared with the complexity and importance of the task at hand.
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Guido Manfredi, Yannick Jestin. Are You Clear About " Well Clear " ?. ICUAS'18, International Conference on Unmanned Aircraft Systems, Jun 2018, Dallas, United States. ⟨hal-01859067⟩

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