Electronic Conspicuity (EC) is an umbrella term for the technology that can help pilots, unmanned aircraft users and air traffic services be more aware of what is operating in surrounding airspace. EC includes the devices fitted to aircraft and unmanned systems that send out the information, and the supporting infrastructure to help them work together. Airborne transponders, air traffic data displays, ground-based antennas and satellite surveillance services are all examples of EC. The information generated by these can be presented to pilots and air traffic services visually, audibly or both to provide them with information on other traffic nearby. This strengthens the principle of ‘see and avoid’ by adding the ability to ‘detect and be detected’. To be most effective it needs 100% of users operating in a designated block of airspace using compatible EC devices, and be able to be detected by others.
EC can play a vital role in three key areas to support the UK’s Airspace Modernisation Strategy (AMS):
1. Enabling the on-going modernisation of the UK’s airspace structure and route network.
2. Helping to mitigate the risk of mid-air collisions in Class G, and infringements into controlled airspace.
3. Enabling the safe and efficient integration of unmanned aircraft
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