National Research Council Canada

Assessment of Drone Impact on Commercial Aircrafts
A mid-air collision with an unmanned aerial vehicle could potentially be dangerous to an aircraft.  The National Research Council of Canada (NRC) is collaborating with Transport Canada and other government departments to evaluate the risks associated to drones impacting aircrafts at cruising under 10,000 ft (3 km) altitude and approach phases.  Since the 1960s, the NRC has been performing similar research in the context of bird impact tests on aircraft structures, windshields and engines.

Safe integration of Remotely Piloted Aircraft system (RPAS)
As the popularity of drones is rapidly growing, the National Research Council of Canada (NRC) is assisting Transport Canada to develop evidence-based regulations for safe integration and operation of Remotely Piloted Aircraft systems (RPAS) in Canada.  The NRC is supporting this regulatory development by performing R&D planning and coordination and generating scientific data utilizing its unique facilities and expert researchers.

Icing Investigation for Small Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Rotors and Propellers
Icing build up on small unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) rotors and propellers can be a serious threat. The National Research Council of Canada is investigating the icing of small propellers at high RPM to provide Transport Canada with scientific data to support the development of a safe and commercially viable regulatory framework for RPAS operations in Canada.

Technology in Society (NTU Affiliate Member)

Human societies are constantly affected by advancement in technologies. Could drone application be the next game changer? Building on the Knowledge, Attitude and Practice (KAP) model, we conducted a study to examine public perceptions of drone application in a South East Asian city state. While there are a number of common findings with past research, we were able to extend the understanding of drone application in urban areas with the following findings. First, using two knowledge tests, we were able to confirm that the majority of the public seems to have a good understanding of what a drone is. Second, acceptance levels towards drones did significantly differ depending on the context of use. Industrial areas had the highest acceptance level, followed by recreational areas and commercial areas while residential areas had the lowest acceptance level. Finally, different factors may be responsible for the varying levels of acceptance across the different contexts. We provided preliminary evidence that two factors – fears and concerns, and perceived potential benefits – affected the public acceptance levels differently depending on the contexts of drone applications. We concluded with implications for future research and policy makers

This final report gives an overall description of the test setup for windshield and wing leading edge impact testing and provides experimental data along with analysis and discussion.



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Air Mobility with Unmanned Systems and Engineering (AMUSE) Conference

Nanyang Technological University’s Air Traffic Management Research Institute (ATMRI) holds an annual conference on Air Mobility with Unmanned Systems and Engineering (AMUSE).

Overview of AMUSE Conference 2021

This conference aims to provide a platform for the discussion of air mobility with unmanned systems and engineering. The invited speakers come from leading groups working on Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) integration, in academia as well as industry and commercial partners whose businesses are closely related to drone applications. They will present on topics related to issues of airborne and ground collision in UAS integration as well as perspective and initiatives of aviation regulators in this aspect. The conference will be conducted virtually in view of the ongoing COVID19 pandemic. Registration is free, and we invite anyone from the academic, industry and aviation agencies to register. We are planning for about 150 participants and will facilitate interactions among participants.


AMUSE Conference aims to provide a platform for regulators, academic researchers and industry partners to exchange ideas and research interest in UAS domain. Also, to share results from research that enable successful UAS integration into manned airspace. The inaugural AMUSE Conference, AMUSE2020 was launched successfully in 2020, which focused on the Advancement and Trends of UTM/UAM in Asian Cities. This year, AMUSE2021 is organised jointly by ATMRI and ASSURE, where the focus will be on Issues of Airborne and Ground Collision in UAS Integration. Being the Centre of Excellence for FAA’s UAS Research, ASSURE and its members have conducted impactful research on numerous areas. ATMRI and ASSURE have been collaborating for the past 2 years with their shared research interest in UAS airborne collision risk and severity evaluation. Enabling air mobility through the usage of UAS presents numerous challenges. Collision risks mitigation to enable safe and effective UAS integration has never been more important. Participants will be able to enjoy and learn about high-level opportunities and challenges with UAS integration, as well as current state-of-the-art research being pursued in the academic community.

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