State Department Seeks Regulation of Higher Airspace Operations

The agency joins allies in a call for action from the International Civil Aviation Organization.

The Department of State recently called for the development of international rules of conduct for higher airspace operations. Commercial flights can reach an altitude of up to 42,000 feet, however, aircraft are increasingly becoming capable of flying at altitudes higher than 60,000 feet, known as higher airspace. The United States has joined Canada, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the European Union in urging the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) to develop global standards for flights in higher airspace. 

“The standards and practices that ensure safety and security at lower altitudes are not in place for activities in higher airspace,” said State Department Spokesperson Matthew Miller. “Developing standards for higher airspace operations in this fast-paced, rapidly changing environment is a global priority. This is just the beginning. We look forward to working with ICAO partners on this effort.”

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For Secretary of State Blinken to be prudent as he heads the diplomatic efforts of the U.S.
  • For U.S. officials as they evaluate the use of higher airspace and the need for rules of conduct.

Sources: State Department

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