Unifly and Integra Aviation Academy collaborating to set up UTM system for UAS

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In an effort to create an environment where UAS can be flown safely and under control in the vicinity of airports, Unifly and Integra Aviation Academy have announced that they will work together to set up an Unmanned Traffic Management (UTM) system that makes it possible to “detect, monitor and document” UAS operations on a national scale.

The entities will seek to accomplish this goal by working with some of the top manufacturers within the field.

“Airports and their surroundings are a highly specific and vulnerable area where it is vital for manned and unmanned aviation to coexist safely,” says Mark Kegelaers, CEO of Unifly.

“A mature system is needed that monitors and communicates in real-time so all stakeholders are aware of the situation at all times. This is the only way to integrate drone traffic in a safe manner.”

According to Unifly and Integra Aviation Academy, the UTM system communicates with the pilots and alerts them if there are any threats emerging. The entire workflow—from getting the permits and setting up the perimeter to monitoring the operation—is supported by the UTM system.

“The UTM platform is an important system to bridge the gap between manned and unmanned aviation near airports,” explains Michael Niels Thorsen, CEO of Integra.

“At the moment, it is difficult to fly drones near or around airports without great costs and resources. Using the UTM solution airports can control and manage the drone operations by detecting, monitoring, documenting and tracking the drones.”

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