Drones Enter the Sky Safely Through New Technology

Woensdrecht, 27 September 2017 – During a live demonstration on Aviolanda Aerospace, two companies from the Netherlands and Belgium joined forces to show that drones can be managed and controlled using a specially developed small transponder combined with Unmanned Traffic Management software.
The new technology was developed by Unifly, Belgian developer of Unmanned Traffic Management software (UTM) and the European distributor of uAvionix, supplier of transponders that make the drones visible.
Who flies where?
The combination of the UTM platform with the trackers also makes it possible to determine who is flying and whether they should be there. Ellen Malfliet of Unifly: “Our technology is in line with the European U-space initiative that allows for more intensive drone traffic and automatic drone operations, and opens the door to a European drone service market.”
Managing laws and regulations
The fully developed UTM platform has a very welcome additional feature on board: it can handle the complex and dynamic European regulations. “Including laws and regulations at national and local level,” says Malfliet. “Authorities can visualize and manage drone flights, and also declare no-drone zones. “Drone operators can register drone pilots and drones, and they can plan and confirm flights proactively to ensure that these flights do not violate national or local rules. “
Dutch Drone Center
Dutch Drone Center, the test, training and demo location on Aviolanda Aerospace for unmanned airplanes, hosted the demo. Rob Nispeling: “The purpose of the demo was to show the airspace regulators and executive services what techniques and interactions are possible to make drones electronically visible to traffic management and other airspace users. It was an absolute success. ”