Rising drone flights in Poland see average weekly operations reach 13,500 in first six months

Poland’s air navigation service provider PANSA reports a weekly average of approximately 13,500 drone operations, totalling 689,105 in the first six months of 2023. This is halfway through the year and currently in the summer season, which favours the execution of UAV operations. After the holiday period, the number of flights is expected to decrease, making it difficult to predict the final count for the year, says PANSA.
Every drone flight in Polish airspace must be reported to Polish Air Navigation Services Agency. Reporting is done by performing a check-in using the Droneradar application. UAS operations in controlled zones (CTR) must be additionally planned using the PansaUTM system. However, VLOS (Visual Line of Sight) flights in many areas and in uncontrolled airspace do not require prior planning.

According to the guidelines set by the President of the Civil Aviation Authority, every BVLOS (Beyond Visual Line of Sight) flight must be reported to PANSA, which issues an informational geographic zone called DRA-I (DRone Airspace Information) as a warning for other pilots.
Legal flights, meaning those reported in the application, contribute significantly to improving air traffic safety as ATS (Air Traffic Services) can see the locations, where UAV operations are conducted. Additionally, also drone pilots can visually identify each other’s positions in the app.

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