Poland trains tower controllers to operate PansaUTM system

The Polish Air Navigation Services Agency (PANSA) is training air traffic controllers and Flight Information Service (FIS) officers at 15 towers and 5 FIS sectors across the country to use the commercially available PansaUTM system for UAVs traffic management. PANSA has just finished Training-The-Trainers (TTT) who will roll out the training programme nationwide. The training is part of the PansaUTM certification process supervised by the Civil Aviation Authority of Poland.

PANSA’s controllers and FIS officers are trained in the operation the PansaUTM system, two-way non-verbal communication CDDLC (Controller-Drone Data Link Communication), dFPL (drone Flight Planning System) and ATC/FIS workplace. The trainings show that the PansaUTM system meets the U-space assumptions required by the EU up to the U3 level. During the trainings, controllers and FIS Officers focus on unmanned mission definition (dFPL), as well as tactical and strategical mission management. Participants go through over 30 possible UTM scenarios and also learn about the system of electronic strips supporting the work of the ATS services.

PansaUTM is a digitalized and automated concept of UAV traffic management, which consists of PANSA operational solutions and a system part provided by the technological partner HAWK-E, integrated with the widely used the DroneRadar application.

The commercially available PansaUTM system was launched during the 2019 World ATM Congress in Madrid and the 2019 JARUS Plenary Session in Katowice. It is being implemented at the PANSA headquarters, 15 civil towers, 5 FIS sectors and 17 military towers in Poland.

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