Any vision to safely integrate new entrants into the airspace can only be realized when we solve for how information will be exchanged. The set of capabilities that allow operators to send and receive information, is predicated on how we can build this holistic picture of the airspace. And it depends on a timely and accurate flow of information between all stakeholders.
As the pace of technological advancement increases, two architectures have emerged. The first depends on the flow of information through a single, government-provided platform; similar to the model that traditional aviation has relied upon for the past 100 years. The alternative model distributes information through a consortium of industry provided services, requiring less government intervention and faster progress on digitization and innovation.
Over the past several years, Alphabet's Wing has worked closely with aviation authorities, standards bodies and its peers to demonstrate a path to safely scale drone operations. This SkyTalk will compare the two models, demonstrate how and where those models are being put into practice today, and outline the steps we must take to realize a vision that enables the growth of new entrants.