Unmanned Aircraft Systems Traffic Management : UTM book cover
1st Edition

Unmanned Aircraft Systems Traffic Management

ISBN 9780367644734
Published August 25, 2021 by CRC Press
347 Pages 25 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This book introduces unmanned aircraft systems traffic management (UTM) and how this new paradigm in traffic management integrates unmanned aircraft operations into national airspace systems.

Exploring how UTM is expected to operate, including possible architectures for UTM implementations, and UTM services, including flight planning, strategic coordination, and conformance monitoring, Unmanned Aircraft Systems Traffic Management: UTM considers the boundaries of UTM and how it is expected to interlace with tactical coordination systems to maintain airspace safety. The book also presents the work of the global ecosystem of players advancing UTM, including relevant standards development organizations (SDOs), and considers UTM governance paradigms and challenges.


  • Describes UTM concept of operations (ConOps) and global variations in architectures
  • Explores envisioned UTM services, including flight planning, strategic coordination, conformance monitoring, contingency management, constraints and geo-awareness, and remote identification
  • Highlights cybersecurity standards development and awareness
  • Covers approaches to the approval, management, and oversight of UTM components and ecosystem
  • Considers the future of UTM and potential barriers to its success, international coordination, and regulatory reform

This book is an essential, in-depth, annotated resource for developers, unmanned aircraft system operators, pilots, policy makers, researchers, and academics engaged in unmanned systems, transportation management, and the future of aviation.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction

2. Concept of Operations

3. Standards-Making for UTM

4. UTM Governance

5. Selected Initiatives and Implementations

6. The Future of UTM

7. Conclusions

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Michael S. Baum JD, MBA, ATP, is an aviation consultant, and founder & Permanent Editorial Board member of the Aviators Code Initiative (ACI). He is an active participant and contributor to various forums developing manned and unmanned aviation standards and safety best practices. Previously Baum served as vice president and executive committee member at VeriSign (VRSN), IT security law and policy consultant at Independent Monitoring, LLC, and a Network Analyst at BBN Technologies (now Raytheon). Prior thereto he practiced law in Boston. He was founder and chair of the Electronic Commerce Division and Information Security Committee of the American Bar Association’s Science and Technology Law Section, an observer to the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL), chairman, of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC Paris) ETERMS Working Party, and vice chairman of the ICC Electronic Commerce Commission. He has been board member of ANSI ASC X12, The Jurimetrics Journal (ABA/ASU), The PKI Forum, and the Charles Babbage Foundation, as well as various IT enterprise advisory boards.

Previous publications include UAS Pilots Code (ACI) (co-author), Aviators Model Code of Conduct (series, ACI), Federal Certification Authority Liability and Policy (NIST/MITRE), Secure Electronic Commerce (1st & 2nd Eds., Prentice-Hall) (co-author with Ford), Digital Signature Guidelines (ABA) (co-author), Electronic Contracting, Publishing and EDI Law (Wiley) (co-author with Perritt), Introduction to Unmanned Aircraft Systems, Douglas Marshall, et al. (3rd ed., CRC) (contributor), and EDI and the Law (Blenheim) (contributor). He was a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP). Baum has been honored with awards including: ABA Committee on Cyberspace Law’s Excellence Award; National Notary Association’s Achievement Award; Journal of EDI, EDI Pioneer, and LightHawk’s President’s Award.

Baum is a graduate of Western New England University School of Law and is a member of the Massachusetts Bar. He received his MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He is an FAA-certificated Airline Transport Pilot in single engine aircraft and holds Private Pilot certification with airplane single engine sea, multiengine land, rotorcraft-helicopter, and glider ratings. He is also an Advanced Ground Instructor.


"Michael Scott Baum took a UTM raw diamond, cut and polished it, and then explored every facet in detail. Information is sourced from the true industry experts who are building, integrating, and standardizing UTM across the world. Multiple, sometimes opposing, viewpoints are given to give the reader an understanding of the complexity of this nascent field and the directions in which it may evolve."

Andrew Carter, ResilienX, USA

"This book is a must-read for UTM professionals and enthusiasts alike. Mr. Baum gives an in-depth, comprehensive understanding on a rapidly developing space. With a focus on understanding the basics, the book provides a terrific introduction to the concept and field of UTM."

Hrishikesh Ballal, Openskies Aerial Technology Ltd., Ireland

"Michael has been able to take a pick apart the relevant elements of UTMS, which is a highly complex subject, and brought it to life through extensive research. His expertise on the subject is truly highlighted throughout the chapters of this book. From the design phase with NASA, or first operations with the UAS Test Sites, Michael has walked the reader from the early development stages of UTM all the way through the initial implementation steps for all users."

Nicholas Flom, Northern Plains UAS Test Site, USA