Finnish Government Tests Successful Drone UTM

A latest check at a Finland airport confirmed the persevering with effectiveness of unmanned visitors administration options.

In May, Spanish firm CarnardDrones partnered with aerial regulatory company ANS Finland to carry out six 40-minute inspection flights coordinated by way of a UTM system designed by Belgian software program agency Unifly.

The program allowed the Finnish authorities to trial each a brand new drone inspection system for airport infrastructure, but in addition a complete visitors administration system that may safely combine drones and manned plane inside the identical airspace area.

“There is definitely a demand for such new-age operating forms in the near future. We are facing a rapidly changing environment where we expect to see more and more drone operations near and inside [the air-traffic] environment,” ANS Finland CCO/CMO Pasi Nikama mentioned.

“We must remember that there are still many steps to be taking [sic] before all new solutions and working methods are in full-scale operational use,” Nikama added.

CarnardDrones UAVs inspected the precision strategy path indicator (PAPI) system on the Pori Airport. PAPI refers back to the visible steering system that assists pilots in sustaining correct course strategy.

“It was truly amazing. We were doing something for the first time in history and all the operation [sic] was performed as a ballet. Fast, safe and coordinated,” mentioned Rafael Aguado, CanardDrones COO.

Using the Unifly software program answer, air visitors management loved full situational of consciousness of all drone flights within the demonstration and dealt with them safely side-by-side with manned aviation.

“We worked alongside for 13 hours and were still able to create very fast interventions in a completely new way,” mentioned Ronni Winkler Østergaard, Unifly Regional Manager, Scandinavia and Baltics.

“I see this as a historical moment for unmanned aviation and I am proud that our solution provided full situational of awareness to the air traffic controller in the tower. As we saw during the demonstration, the air traffic controller was able to confidently operate both manned and unmanned aviation in a flexible, efficient and safe manner,” he added.

Governments the world over are scrambling to deploy workable UTM techniques inside nationwide airspace.

Last yr, UN company International Civil Aviation Organization launched a proposal request about UTM throughout the AUVSI Xponential 2017 convention.

In 2016, NASA demonstrated its personal UTM platform, deploying 24 drones at six FAA check websites concurrently. NASA mentioned the check allowed operators on the websites to “interact with the UTM research platform at geographically diverse locations, using various aircraft and different software clients to test rural, within line-of-sight UAS operations so that NASA, in collaboration with the FAA, can obtain information to further refine and develop the research.”


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