Vertiport Alliance Africa to deploy UAM system

Members of Vertiport Alliance Africa (VAA) have agreed to support Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) and Urban Air Mobility (UAM) in South Africa, according to a report by sUAS News.

Altitude Angel is providing the Unmanned Traffic Management (UTM) system for the Alliance, and MeshTastic is providing messaging and independent aircraft tracking. This is to ensure aircraft can be tracked even if 4G/5G and other internet systems are down. Each member will maintain nodes at their Vertiport and at least two others in their local area to build infrastructure, says the report. Data from group receivers will be sent to the Altitude Angel UTM.

VAA says the South African Civil Aviation Authority is responsible for electronic conspicuity in the general aviation community and seek to ensure pilots fly safely.

The Vertiport Alliance Africa is expanding its network of ADS-B, FLARM and OGN receivers that are currently positioned along the N3 between Johannesburg and Durban, a 500km coverage corridor. As with the Meshtastic chain new members will be encouraged to install receivers to improve coverage.

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