Indian aviation ministry selects AirMap UTM services for initial BVLOS flight trials

India’s Ministry of Civil Aviation has selected AirMap to provide Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) Traffic Management (UTM) services for initial beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) trials.

AirMap will participate in four consortia that will test real-world BVLOS use cases and provide insights to the Ministry of Civil Aviation on how to safely enable BVLOS operations. AirMap will serve as UTM provider, offering a common, real-time operational picture of low altitude airspace to trial participants, as well as digital services for situational awareness, air traffic control (ATC) coordination, flight tracking, and deconfliction, to the following projects:

  • Together with the Dunzo Air consortium, AirMap will trial drone delivery operations outside of Bengaluru as part of Dunzo’s foray into drone logistics and transportation.
  • As part of the ClearSky consortium, AirMap will test food deliveries near the National Capital Region in partnership with Indian restaurant aggregator and food delivery start-up Zomato and its drone arm TechEagle Innovation.
  • AirMap will trial BVLOS inspections together with Reliance-backed drone manufacturer Asteria Aerospace.
  • Together with Honeywell and Dhaksha Unmanned Systems, AirMap will test multiple use cases, including land surveys and delivery operations, outside of Chennai.

AirMap is a regular participant in research projects and has participated in numerous trials for BVLOS, including the San Diego IPP, NASA’s TCL4 trials, NASA’s UAS Traffic Management Pilot Program (UPP), Northeast UAS Airspace Integration Research Alliance (NUAIR), the European SESAR JU GOF USPACE trials, and Matternet’s commercial BVLOS flights in Switzerland.

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