Estonian Air Navigation Services (EANS) has launched a multi-phase project to develop an unmanned traffic management (UTM) system for Estonian airspace. The air navigation service provider (ANSP) plans to accelerate U-space roll-out to serve a growing drone community.
In the first phase of the project, EANS has selected AirMap to conduct market, business, and regulatory analyses to determine best practices for the programme. In addition to working with EANS, AirMap will work closely with the Estonian Civil Aviation Administration, the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications and other stakeholders to create a uniquely tailored concept of operations (ConOps).
EANS UTM project manager Maria Tamm said: “The rapid growth of drone operations requires innovative digital solutions to ensure safe air traffic management. U-space is for all airspace users and we need to take concrete steps to enable the safe and secure integration of unmanned and manned aviation into Estonian airspace. We look forward to working with AirMap and creating a roadmap for safely integrating advanced drone operations at scale.”
EANS led the SESAR JU GOF USPACE project, which demonstrated complex international and beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) drone operations, including emergency maritime search and rescue, eVTOL transport, and cross-border package delivery. Several Estonian companies have been testing advanced drone operations such as package deliveries, border security, and long-distance flights.
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