The rules for the Airspace Operations Challenge have been under development for more than two years and include feedback from multiple public releases of draft versions of the rules. The final rules attempt to provide a “level playing field” for all competitors, regardless of aircraft type or size, by focusing on safe aircraft operations instead of vehicle performance.

Competitors will fly a series of missions that will require them to fly an assigned mission while they attempt to operate safely in the presence of aircraft that are broadcasting their locations using ADS-B (Automatic Dependent Surveillance – Broadcast). They’ll also be able to earn bonus points by demonstrating one or more advanced skills while in flight. Competitors will not have advance knowledge of the scenarios they will encounter and different teams will encounter similar scenarios, but in different orders. Only one competitor will be competing at a time.

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