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DOI: 10.7708/ijtte.2019.9(1).04

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Andrija Vidović - University of Zagreb, Faculty of Transport and Traffic Sciences, Department of Air Transport, Vukelićeva 4, 10000 Zagreb, Croatia -

Tomislav Mihetec - University of Zagreb, Faculty of Transport and Traffic Sciences, Department of Air Transport, Vukelićeva 4, 10000 Zagreb, Croatia -

Bo Wang - Ningbo University of Technology, 201 Fenghua Road, Jiangbei District, Ningbo, Zhejiang, China, 315211 -

Igor Å timac - Zagreb Airport Ltd. Ulica Rudolfa Fizira 1, p.p. 40, HR - 10410 Zagreb, Croatia -


The paper analyses the possibilities for introducing drones in the controlled airspace. It is, namely, inevitable that in the future, drones will become regular participants of civil aircraft operations, and it is therefore necessary, apart from the existing regulatory framework, to define and improve the standards and regulations in order to perform civil operations of drones in the controlled airspace in a safe manner. The purpose of this research is to present better understanding of the rules, standards and regulations, and to address the adaptation in relation to the current situation of performing operations by drones in controlled airspace. The objective of this research is to identify emerging issues of adaptation of operations for safe introduction of drones in the controlled airspace. With regard to abovementioned, the research question should be the following: is the current ATM environment ready for the introduction of commercial drone operations in the controlled ATC.

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This paper was made as a part of the bilateral Croatian-Chinese research project Development of Low-Altitude Airspace Surveillance System Based on the UAV Platform.


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