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NtoM suggests a concept of operations for Medium-Altitude-Long-Endurance ( MALE ) and High-Altitude-Long-Endurance ( HALE ) Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS). Taking into account the current and expected workload of the pilots, and exploiting the potential of Controller-Pilot Data Link Communications (CPDLC), NtoM suggests a set of measures not only for a safe management of the handover process, but also to react to unexpected situations like pilot incapacitation, or even to make it feasible a parallel piloting.

NtoM flight assignments

Example of flight assignations. The use of CPDLC is not mandatory.

NtoM stages

Operators could define stages of the flight where pilots with specific skills are preferred for the assignments.

As a collateral benefit, it allows for an optimization of the human resources of the operators, providing also a way to schedule or assign the flight on the go to the pilots considering their particular skills. Another key piece of the whole system is the implementation of the CPDLC display, designed to provide a guided, quick and intuitive interface. On its own, it could be a valuable tool to the future fully instruction and deployment of the CPDLC.

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