New Airspace Users

Realising the potential of an integrated airspace for all


Realising operations for tomorrow’s airspace users

With decades of experience safely managing UK airspace, NATS is well placed to help enable beyond visual line of sight and advanced air mobility operations take flight. As a trusted partner of airports, airlines and governments across the globe, our focus is on realising operations for tomorrow’s new airspace users.

NATS can provide:

  • Industry expertise and real-world experience to support business opportunities
  • Insight into both UK & International concepts of operations
  • Experience of navigating the regulatory environment

Future flight : An airspace open to all

Integrated Traffic Management (ITM) Solutions

Our ITM solutions can provide:

  • Concepts of operation
  • Operational Safety procedures
  • Procedural Reviews
  • Safeguarding airspace
  • Airspace Change Process

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Research & development

As part of our vision to open the skies to new airspace users, NATS has been contributing our expertise to the Future Flight Challenge since 2018, a co-funded initiative between UK Research and Innovation and industry partners. The Future Flight Challenge aims to accelerate the introduction of Advanced Air Mobility, Beyond Visual Line of Sight drone operations and zero-emission aircraft in the UK.

Our primary focus is in developing technology and data solutions, while exploring how we can harness automation to safely enhance connectivity utilising drones and electric vertical take off and landing vehicles (eVTOL).

To achieve this we are producing concepts of operation, conducting large scale flight simulations and developing procedures to gain regulatory approval for drone and eVTOL flight trials. By enabling live flight trials, we are demonstrating the viability of this new method of transport.

These projects also further our understanding of the impact new operators will have on existing air traffic management services, airports and airspace users. This knowledge informs regulatory frameworks and procedures which bring us closer to the seamless integration and scalable inclusion of drones and eVTOLs into UK airspace.

Find out more about our projects:


Project AMEC

Demonstrating the feasibility of a UK Advanced Air Mobility ecosystem.


Project CAELUS

Trialling how an uncrewed traffic management system can enable medical deliveries.


Past projects

Past projects that have brought us closer to realising a new, integrated era of aviation.

Contact us

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