This page includes information about on-going correspondence activities in WGFM:
- Note that WGFM#83 (May 2015) closed the correspondence activities on ICARUS and 450 MHz. The correspondence group M2M is closed after ECC#40 (30 June - 3 July 2015) taking into account the result of ECC#40, in particular a CEPT/ECC workshop on M2M, tentatively scheduled on 21-22 March 2016 in Mainz, Germany. The correspondence groups an Maritime Broadband Radiolinks and M2M via Satellite were closed in May 2017.
Spectrum requirements for drones (started at WGFM#82 – February 2015)
The ECC noted the importance of a close relationship with ADCO. Three areas were particularly noted, whereas one out of these was: ADCO envisages a campaign on remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS). Several ECC administrations confirmed the interest for such campaign. In addition, WG FM was task to investigate whether any action in relation with spectrum regulation for RPAS/UAS is necessary.
Invited by the Austrian Administration Mr. Franco Fresolone from the Austrian Institute of Technology (AIT) held a presentation (INFO 005) concerning the first assumptions and considerations on the spectrum requirements for RPAS for commercial purposes. The presented requirements were based on the scenarios of the EU funded project “AEROCEPTOR” that includes the control of the RPAS and possible payloads for up- and downlink.
The presentation triggered a lively discussion about related technical and regulatory aspects.
Whilst some administrations saw a benefit in investigating whether there is a need to deal with the issue on CEPT level at an early stage, were others more cautious.
However, it became clear that in a first step further clarification is needed which questions exactly have to be answered. Since various services/applications seem to be affected, and no dedicated Project Team on RPAS exists within WG FM, WG FM agreed to establish a correspondence group.
The correspondence activity is under the lead of Mr Florian Cziczatka (AUT), email: email@example.com, shall collect information (inter alia: application and use cases with focus on commercial use, demarcation to military/governmental uses, air traffic control regulation, Research activities), also by contacting e.g. CEPT PTs, ADCO and other as necessary; propose a possible way forward to the next WG FM meeting.
WGFM#83 agreed a questionnaire to CEPT administrations and stakeholders on this subject, see https://www.cept.org/ecc/tools-and-services/ecc-questionnaires.
The reflector firstname.lastname@example.org was established for these correspondence activities. In order to contribute to this activity WG FM participants are invited to subscribe to the respective reflector: FM_CG_DRONESemail@example.com?subject=Subscribe
WG FM, at its meeting in February 2016 had supported the initial assessment of the responses to the questionnaire on drones as provided by its correspondence group. WG FM had also agreed to develop an ECC Report reflecting the results and the assessments of the responses to the questionnaire as well as any additional information on this issue.
It was outlined by the WG FM Chairman that such an ECC Report will contain information related to spectrum as well as information related to the aeronautical aspects. The target date for this new ECC Report is October 2017. The draft ECC Report 268 has been approved for public consultation by WG FM in May 2017.
The comments received during the public consultation for the draft ECC Report on ‘Technical and Regulatory Aspects and the Needs for Spectrum Regulation for Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS)’ were resolved in a CG meeting on 22 September and a new draft revised ECC Report agreed. Since the EASA public consultation (NPA (A)) for the new regulatory approach for UAS in the European Union was extended to a new deadline on 15 September 2017, the results of this consultation are unknown for the time being, and hence, the application of the RE Directive for UAS is not clear. Therefore, the WGFM CG Drones will propose to WGFM to wait with the final approval of the ECC Report until this aspect is clarified (assumed to delay final approval of the draft ECC Report by one meeting cycle.
It was questioned whether the development of a new ECC Recommendation on frequency bands for RPAS would be necessary. The meeting agreed that it would be useful to provide guidance to administrations and industry on frequency bands which would be suitable for drones, both control/command and payload, and that such a Recommendation could be supportive in this respect. However, before this can be considered in detail, the ECC Report should be available, at least as a stable draft. A working document is in progress in the CG about frequency considerations.
The contact person for the email group is: Thomas.Weber@eco.cept.org