Drone operators folded into the national aviation management system of Switzerland

It has been announced by The Swiss Federal Office of Civil Aviation (FOCA) that they have worked with private industry to develop a flight information management system for drones which is called ‘FIMS’. As per the reports, the system is an aviation data exchange hub that in order to support safe and compliant drone operations in low altitude airspace will connect the air traffic management system to drone service providers.

The partner companies are AirMap: an airspace intelligence platform for drones and Skyguide: a Swiss air navigation service provider.

The research states that the integration of drone service providers into the national air traffic management system is a crucial step towards enabling drone economies. The pressing concern is that the drone operations could interfere with manned aircraft.

These operations are referred to as U-space systems and it was announced in 2018 by Skyguide and AirMAp that they were entering into a partnership to develop the first nationwide U-space system in Europe.

Klaus Meier, Skyguide Chief Technological Officer remarked

The Swiss U-space FIMS is a critical building block toward full UTM implementation in Switzerland. Following the creation of SUSI, the Swiss U-space Implementation framework designed by FOCA to build an open UTM ecosystem in Switzerland, we are delighted to announce the availability of the FIMS open interferes to connects skyguide with multiple UAS Service Providers.

FIMS is a cloud-based information exchange that distributes airspace information and real-time traffic to drone operators through a network of drone service providers.

AirMap Co-Founder and Chairman Ben Marcus said:

Switzerland’s FIMS enables multiple USPs to connect to safety-critical airspace information using open and interoperable interfaces to deliver nationwide U-space services to UAS operators.” He further added, “With this new milestone, Switzerland continues to lead the world in rolling out innovative UTM services that foster an open drone economy.

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