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Switzerland takes one more step in drone’s air traffic management. © Skyguide

| Alexandre Rocchi

Switzerland takes one more step in drone’s air traffic management.

Skyguide and AirMap have announced the deployment of a flight information management system for drones.

On August 6, Skyguide announced the beginning of the deployment, in collaboration with AirMap and the Federal Office of Civil Aviation, of a FIMS — a flight information management system for drones. The implementation of the system is part of the U-Space European program which aims at easing and securing the integration of RPASs in conventional air traffic.

“The FIMS is an aviation data exchange hub that connects Skyguide’s air traffic management system to UAS Service Providers with open interfaces to support safe and compliant drone operations in low-altitude airspace”, details AirMap. The objective is to facilitate exchanges between regulatory authorities and RPASs’ operators by centralizing procedures of authorization requests and by tracking aircraft’s operations in real time.

“Participating USPs [USP: UAS service providers] connect to the FIMS using open interfaces to provide services that support drone operators in meeting their regulatory and operational requirements”, specifies AirMap.

The U.S. company keeps investing in the European market, even though serious competitors appears in this field. AirMap is also collaborating with the company Involi since July 12 to provide an air traffic management solution. Involi focuses on low-altitude airspace surveillance, enabling to keep tracks of drones and other aircraft.

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