UAS Traffic Management and the Transportation Sector

by Edward “Ted” Lester, AiRXOS, part of GE Aviation

What is UAS Traffic Management (UTM)? Why is UTM critical to enabling BVLOS cargo UAS flights? What are the key elements of a UTM system, and how do they work to ensure safe flights?


About Edward “Ted” Lester

Edward “Ted” Lester directs the UTM technology roadmap and manages external UTM-related partnerships at AiRXOS. He also engages with standards committees, including serving as the co-chair of the RTCA SC-228 Detect and Avoid working group. Prior to AiRXOS, Ted worked on UAS airspace integration for the USAF and FAA at The MITRE Corporation. Ted also worked as a systems engineer and avionics product manager at Avidyne Corporation. He holds a B.A. from Middlebury College and an S.M. from MIT. Ted is an avid cyclist, skier, FAA CFII and Part 107 pilot, and part owner of two Cessna airplanes.

About AiRXOS, part of GE Aviation

AiRXOS delivers a digital Unmanned Aircraft System ecosystem designed for the next generation of air traffic management. In supporting the creation of Unmanned Traffic Management systems, AiRXOS helps organizations, cities, states and local governments meet the increasing demand for sophisticated UTM capabilities and safe, efficient UAS operations between manned and unmanned traffic.

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