Australia commences next phase of prototype flight information management in low-level airspace

Australian air navigation service provider Airservices has moved onto Phase 4 of its Flight Information Management System (FIMS) working prototype project. Three companies continue to work with Airservices to develop a system that will support the safe and efficient integration of emerging airspace users, including drone operators and air taxis, into Australia’s low-altitude airspace.

The down-selection process sees Altitude Angel, Frequentis Australasia and OneSky  Systems pursuing the development of a FIMS prototype tailored to the needs of Australia’s aviation industry, with in-field trials expected later this year.

FIMS will form the basis of an enhanced air traffic system that will enable Airservices to share flight information between air traffic control, traditional aircraft, and new airspace users – ensuring crewed and uncrewed flights can operate safely together in Australian airspace.

According to a OneSky press release, the FIMS solution will allow qualified U-space service providers to participate in an integrated airspace, forming the bridge between the actual drone operator and the Uncrewed Traffic Management (UTM) system. OneSky is working with AAM, Airbus, ResilienX and TruWeather Solutions.

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