Location: Bari – Fiera del Levante

Date: October 20th - 21st, 2022

Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) pushes cities and territories to prepare for the change driven by new forms of transportation of goods and people. In this context, citizens, institutions, and industries are the main players in a sector that provides a strong impetus for research and technology development. At the same time, the AAM sector is becoming an important and attractive business terrain as the related markets are growing. For the aerospace world, specifically, and for the citizens in general, new, and interesting development prospects are opening up in the use of unmanned on-board systems (today “drones,” in the near future autonomous aerial systems) that will affect many areas of human activity (transportation, observation of territories and related phenomena, health, agriculture, aerial work, etc.).


“Drones Beyond. 2022”  aims to be a moment to present challenges, products, and solutions of UAM (Urban Air Mobility), to provide: an indication of the state of development of technologies and applications; a contribution to the action of learning about the capabilities and benefits that these technologies can generate, encouraging their acceptance and sharing; an acceleration of real-world experimentation necessary to break down the remaining barriers to their full use. UAM thus is not only an element of the advancement of aviation and mobility technologies, but primarily a process to support mobility planning and urban development. If UAM can play a leading role in shaping urban innovations and sustainable transition strategies, it is necessary to understand how it should be integrated into urban mobility planning, or, in more practical terms, what role it could play in existing or planned urban transportation systems.


The idea behind “Drones Beyond” is to support and accompany the industrial, scientific, economic, and financial efforts of the aviation community by relating them to the need for creating solutions that can be integrated into the future of cities and communities. The initiatives so far conducted by DTA unfold on both the suburban (Grottaglie airport) and urban (city of Bari) dimensions with the aim of presenting the two areas as an integrated range for the experimentation of new Advanced Air Mobility solutions. The initiative is therefore included in the long term development framework of an integrated infrastructure between Grottaglie and Bari, that could generate over time a connection between the two nodes through a future “experimental drone highway.”


The first edition of DTA’s “Drones Beyond” project took place in September 2021 at the Grottaglie Airport, as part of the MAM 2021 international event. “Drones Beyond. 2021 Operations” presented concrete examples of currently feasible solutions in a real operational environment, namely the Grottaglie airport and surrounding grounds. The demonstrations covered various fields, from the presentation of new technologies to the exhibition of solutions that integrate their capabilities in different application areas (manned and unmanned aircraft, satellite and ground observation and data acquisition systems, sensor systems, etc.).

The 2022 edition of Drones Beyond, organized by DTA, the Municipality of Bari and the Apulia Region, sees the collaboration of national and international companies. The initiative, therefore, has as its main objectives

the presentation of technological solutions and architectures (sandbox, vertiports/vertipad), concept of operation (CONOPS) and concept of use (CONUSE) in the metropolitan city of Bari, and the presentation of missions and services capable of inspiring future experimentation with new technologies and operational protocols. The main related topics will be autonomous and semi-autonomous driving, use of next-generation communication/navigation technologies (5G, multilateration, satellites), use of Data Science techniques for data acquisition/manipulation (IoT, Cloud, AI, Deep Learning) and development of the concept of situation awareness, all of these in a perspective that sees Bari as a living lab at urban/metropolitan scale.


The event includes the involvement of various operators, who will carry out demonstrations of UAM technologies and services in different operational scenarios, as well as other national and international players as a presence at the conference and static exhibition, in order to engage and inspire new generations and businesses. 

Drones Beyond 2022: outline

Title: DRONES  BEYOND  2022   “Urban Air Mobility – Evolutions and perspectives” 






Convention on Urban Mobility that will cover the following topics:

  • State of the art of UAM development in Europe
  • The future of cities and the new planning and development needs in light of new forms of mobility
  • Enterprises, technologies, and services for the smart city
  • Education and entrepreneurship of the young generation


Demonstration of operational missions in urban and metropolitan areas

  • Demonstrations of the use of various payloads
  • Piloted and automated flights
  • Single flights and multi-platform/in swarm flights
  • Airspace management (geo-fencing, anti-drone, Present Position Control, cooperating/non-cooperating platforms) and coordination with ENAV/d-flight control (UTM) and with ATZ (ATM/UTM integration)

Possible live demonstration of operational missions in the internal area of Fiera del Levante

  • Surveillance (Fair perimeter, roads, and Fair environment)
  • Delivery (Hub to Hub, Hub to road, road to road)


Possible demonstration of mission types in urban/metropolitan area (live/recorded in day and/or night environment)

  • Harbor basin surveillance (indoor/outdoor)
  • Sea/coastal surveillance
  • Observations in the city (with penetration on canals)
  • Environmental observations
  • Door-to-door delivery
  • Multiplatform delivery (air + land/marine)
  • Short and/or long range delivery


For further information: eventi@dtascarl.it