Poland secures EU11.3 million funding to progress drone operations

A consortium led by Polish air navigation services agency PANSA has secured EU funding of EUR11.3 million (PLN PLN 51,391,979) to support digitisation of drone flight services. PANSA operates the PansaUTM system, a fully operational system that coordinates unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) operations in Poland. The agency, in partnership with the Ministry of Infrastructure and Civil Aviation Administration (CAA) will use the funds to develop digital and ICT solutions for the drone industry, including improved processes and business operations.

The EU is funding 85% of the ‘Digital Services for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles’ project, which forms part of the country’s Digital Poland Operational Program (POPC) to support the provision of digital services to entities developing efficient and safe drone flights.

PANSA says it will allocate the funds obtained under the project “Digital Services for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles” to further develop tools enabling the operation of advanced unmanned aircraft on a wide scale, optimization and digitization of processes necessary for the safe conduct of UAV flights, from registration, certification, issuing licensing and providing on-line training, as well as for solutions supporting the UAV risk analysis process.

The direct recipient of the project is any entity that wants to operate in the unmanned operations segment, i.e. for both law enforcement services and private persons and business entities.

PANSA expects the project to allow the use of unmanned aviation to a greater extent than before, and will also improve the conduct of training and administrative processes. Public order services will also be able to benefit from extensive drone operators’ assistance in the event of a crisis.

PANSA president Janusz Janiszewsk said: “The implementation of modern solutions for the broadly defined drone market is, next to navigation activities, the most important area of PANSA’s activities. The implementation of the project will bring benefits for the whole country and will facilitate the use and access to the Unmanned Aircraft market in Poland. It is a great success, and also a huge opportunity for PANSA, which places great emphasis on the development and wide availability of new technologies, including solutions for unmanned aviation”

(Image: Sunrise over old market hall and town hall in Poznan, Poland – Shutterstock/ Lukasz Pawel Szczepanski)

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