The Global UTM Association is a nonprofit based in Lausanne, Switzerland. Our goals are to:
a. Identify actions to be taken to safely, securely and efficiently integrate Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) into national airspace systems;
b. Draft and distribute an interoperability blueprint for traffic management of UAS;
c. Collaborate with regulators and other stakeholders worldwide to identify standards, as well as scalable and compliant technical solutions, to the development of UAS Traffic Management (UTM) systems;
d. Instigate and facilitate partnerships between manned and unmanned users of the airspace;
e. And engage with other associations and groups facing similar challenges.
As of January 1 2017, it was representing organizations distributed across 15 countries and 7 activities: Air navigation service providers, UAS manufacturers, UAS operators, UTM software providers, Infrastructure providers, Regulatory bodies, and Academic experts. A list of full members is available here.
The association first priority is to draft blueprints for an overall UTM architecture. This will be followed by a series of protocols, standards, and guidance for UAS identification, registration, dynamic geofencing, manned/unmanned integration, or weather data APIs. Priorities are defined by the General Assembly and the board of directors.
As a truly global organization, the association operates exclusively online. It invests in efficient online collaboration tools and has been implementing best practices from experienced distributed companies from day one.