The Air Navigation Service of the Czech Republic (ANS CR) has partnered with US-based airspace drone management platform AirMap to manage the country’s airspace for drones.
Under the terms of the agreement, ANS CR has selected AirMap UTM system to offer situational awareness and authorisation capabilities to a growing community of drone operators in the country.
Leveraging AirMap UTM Dashboard, the ANS CR can manage authorisations for drone flights in the controlled airspace surrounding Václav Havel Airport Prague.
The new technology will give airspace managers a complete view of their managed airspace. It will allow them to configure, monitor, and automate their management with a user-friendly Cloud-based dashboard.
ANS CR director general Jan Klas said: “Detection and integration of drones is a challenge. 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 have teamed up with local partner UpVision to provide translation services and promote UAS education and research in the field.
AirMap co-founder and chairman Ben Marcus said: “By opening up more airspace we are helping give rise to a new drone economy.
“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.”
The latest deployment in the Czech Republic marks AirMap’s second nationwide adoption in Europe. Earlier, the Swiss aviation authority skyguide deployed AirMap as part of Europe’s first national drone traffic management system.
Additionally, AirMap provides UTM services in the US, New Zealand, and Japan.