AirMap to enable ‘SmartSky’ for safe drone use in Czech Republic

posted on 14th March 2019 by yumna

AirMap, the leading global airspace management platform for drones, is working with Air Navigation Services of the Czech Republic (ANS CR) in partnership with UpVision to enable SmartSky, supporting the safe operation of drones.

Launched in 2018, the smart sky concept outlines a nationwide strategy for the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAS) in the Czech Republic, including regulation and its enforcement, international cooperation, and the development and deployment of infrastructure for UAS Traffic Management (UTM).

Ben Marcus, co-founder and chairman for AirMap, said: “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.”

ANS CR deployed the AirMap UTM platform with UpVision’s localization and technical support to manage authorizations for drone flights in the controlled airspace around Václav Havel Airport in Prague, in August 2018.

Together, AirMap, ANS CR, and UpVision will develop a roadmap for fully operational drone traffic management system in 2020 and beyond through SmartSky.

The UTM system includes e-registration and e-identification for users and drones, pre-tactical geofencing and flight planning, automated and manual digital airspace authorization, and other services to enable simultaneous flights in shared airspace.

“We are changing the environment in Czech Republic by enabling safe drone operations and unlocking its value through SmartSky for business in large scale,” commented Stepan Alexa, Managing Director of UpVision. “Never has the opportunity been greater. It’s very exciting.”

Operators in the Czech Republic can use a mobile application, powered by AirMap, to access U-space service and ANS CR and AirMap are working with UpVision to provide translation services and promote UAS education and research in the field.

Feature image by GCN