Norway’s air navigation service provider Avinor has officially announced the award of its UAS traffic management (UTM) contract with Frequentis (https://www.unmannedairspace.info/uncategorized/frequentis-and-altitude-angel-win-avinor-contract-to-supply-norway-with-a-nationwide-utm-system/).
According to an Avinor statement: “with this contract Avinor Air Navigation Services and Frequentis will open up the Norwegian airspace for advanced use of drones in the coming years. In 2018 the Norwegian government published a strategy for drones in Norway and we are delighted to be able to deliver the first foundations to a UTM system in close cooperation with Frequentis, says Avinor Air Navigation Services CEO, Anders Kirsebom”.
“Frequentis will partner with industry-leading UTM technology provider, Altitude Angel, for the deployment of the UTM solution, which will provide Norway’s Avinor Air Navigation Services with a technically advanced UTM solution. This will allow the organisation to begin safely integrating drones into controlled airspace at 18 airports across Norway.
“Norway will be the first country in the Nordic region to implement a UTM system, highlighting Avinor Air Navigation Services’ dedication to the industry. Being at the forefront of the drone development, the technically advanced UTM solution will provide Avinor Air Navigation Services the means to accelerate safe integration of drones and help to further increase the use of this technology in Norwegian airspace for years to come.
“During Frequentis’ initial three-year contract, with an extra option for one + one years, the company will provide Avinor Air Navigation Services with several products and services to facilitate the safe integration of drones into Avinor Air Navigation Services’ controlled airspace. These products and services include an ATM-grade Flight Information Management System (FIMS), a foundation of U-Space services that enables Avinor ANS to open Norwegian airspace to commercial drone use, as well as a drone registration system and web and mobile flight planning application.”
According to Frequentis Vice President ATM Hannu Juurakko: “Frequentis is proud to have been selected, with our strategic partner Altitude Angel, for the deployment of the first nation-wide UTM system to support Avinor Air Navigation Services’ goals for the safe and efficient integration of drones into Norwegian airspace. Our future-proof and scalable UTM services are critical for meeting the current and future demands of evolving drone technology, set to transform critical industry, paving the way for drone delivery services to be supported sooner than anticipated…The joint Altitude Angel/Frequentis UTM solution is highly scalable and will build the structure to allow the safe integration of UAVs into controlled airspace, supporting Norway’s commitment to the countries drone strategy.”
(Image: Above from the left: Mr. Oliver Ossege, Regional Sales Director of FREQUENTIS and Mr. Anders Kirsebom, CEO of Avinor Air Navigation Services Photo credit: Caroline Maria Nilsen, Avinor)