AirMap, an airspace management platform for drones, has announced that its UTM (unmanned traffic management) services are being deployed by Air Navigation Services of the Czech Republic (ANS CR) to deliver situational awareness and authorization capabilities to the country’s growing community of drone operators.
ANS CR is deploying AirMap UTM to manage authorizations for drone flights in the controlled airspace around Václav Havel Airport Prague. Operators using the AirMap for Drones mobile application can view up-to-date airspace conditions, advisories, and regulatory information; create flight plans; and very soon will also be able to request authorization to fly in controlled airspace for fast and safe access to controlled airspace. ANS CR administrators manage authorization requests from the AirMap UTM Dashboard.
“Detection and integration of drones is a challenge,” said Jan Klas, ANS CR Director General. “We are pleased to deploy UTM services through the AirMap mobile application. ANS CR wants to build an open system that provides comprehensive information to all partners involved.”
ANS CR and AirMap are working with local partner UpVision to drive local awareness of the UTM capabilities among the Czech Republic’s thriving drone ecosystem. UpVision is providing customization of the AirMap for Drones application for use in Czech Republic. The Czech Republic-based company will also provide operators with technical support for UTM services in the Czech Republic.
This is AirMap’s second nationwide adoption in Europe. Previously, Swiss aviation authority skyguide deployed AirMap as part of Europe’s first national drone traffic management system. AirMap also powers UTM services in the United States, New Zealand, and Japan.
“By opening up more airspace we are helping give rise to a new drone economy,” said Ben Marcus, AirMap co-founder and Chairman. “The Czech Republic is among the global first movers in the race to capture a share of the tremendous opportunity that drones represent as they become more and more a part of our everyday lives.”