Skip to main content

Sharing airspace with Uncrewed Aerial Vehicles (UAVs): Views of the General Aviation (GA) community.

Grote, M., Pilko, A., Scanlan, J., Cherrett, T., Dickinson, J. E., Smith, A., Oakey, A. and Marsden, G., 2022. Sharing airspace with Uncrewed Aerial Vehicles (UAVs): Views of the General Aviation (GA) community. Journal of Air Transport Management, 102 (July), 102218.

Full text available as:

1-s2.0-S0969699722000394-main.pdf - Published Version
Available under License Creative Commons Attribution.


DOI: 10.1016/j.jairtraman.2022.102218


Operations of Uncrewed Aerial Vehicles (UAVs or drones) are expanding, leading to competition for airspace with other users such as the General Aviation (GA) community, i.e., sports and leisure airspace users, particularly in uncontrolled airspace. As a result, there is an increasingly urgent need for a shared airspace resolution, whereby drones become integrated harmoniously in unsegregated operations with crewed aircraft, providing equitable airspace access for all. The purpose of the study was to engage with the GA community and elicit concerns and issues regarding the shared airspace concept as an initial step in the co-development of the future form of airspace. The method used was an online, interactive workshop with participants (n ~ 80) recruited from the GA community in the United Kingdom (UK). Data captured (verbal and written) were analysed qualitatively using thematic analysis, producing findings that summarised the issues identified on a range of different topics, grouped together under three over-arching themes: (1) operational environment; (2) technical and regulatory environment; and (3) equity and wider society. Almost a quarter of participants’ comments (27%) were related to the opinion that shared airspace would only be possible if aircraft were fitted with Detect-And-Avoid (DAA) systems for de-confliction, based on onboard Electronic Conspicuity (EC) devices. Findings suggested that airspace management policies that establish equitable regulatory and technology environments regarding shared airspace are needed, and that those policies should be inclusive, having as a key aim the involvement of the GA community (and all other stakeholders) in the development process. The study represents a first step in the involvement of the wider aviation community in the co-design of shared airspace to include drones.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Shared airspace; Drone; UAV; General aviation; Integrated; Equitable airspace access
Group:Bournemouth University Business School
ID Code:36972
Deposited By: Symplectic RT2
Deposited On:23 May 2022 10:32
Last Modified:23 May 2022 10:32


Downloads per month over past year

More statistics for this item...
Repository Staff Only -