Airspace information and unmanned aircraft services provider AirMap, along with the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE), has launched the new Digital Notice and Awareness System (D-NAS).

The release was announced by AirMap and AAAE through the Airport Innovation Accelerator.

The system will enable unmanned aircraft system (UAS) operators to provide real-time digital data to airports about the location of their flights.

More than 50 US airports have joined the D-NAS pilot programme, which will test the system’s efficiency in warning the airports against drones flying in close vicinity of their tarmacs.

The technology also allows drone operators to easily notify airport officials of their plans if their drones fly within five miles of the airport.

D-NAS enables a UAS operator to transmit encrypted digital ?ight information to a secure dashboard at an airport’s operations centre using different UAS interfaces.

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The system also provide airports with the precise GPS location of UAS flights.

The airport will access the data through the AirMap D-NAS dashboard, which maps nearby flights and allows airport officials to communicate with the UAS operator directly.

"We are focused on building the tools for unmanned aircraft to safely integrate into the national airspace system."

AirMap CEO and an airline transport rated pilot and flight instructor Ben Marcus said: "Everyone involved in aviation sees the promise and potential of unmanned aircraft.

"However, we can’t reach the potential of this amazing technology unless we ensure that safety critical information keeps pace with innovation.

"We are focused on building the tools for unmanned aircraft to safely integrate into the national airspace system."

In May, the D-NAS technology will be demonstrated at the 88th Annual AAAE Conference and Exposition held in Houston, Texas, US.

Image: The map view of AirMap Digital Notice and Awareness Dashboard. Photo: courtesy of AirMap.