Following a successful trial earlier this year, Swiss air navigation service provider Skyguide, Airmap and the Swiss Federal Office of Civil Aviation (FOCA) have joined forces to create the Swiss U-space flight information management system, named FIMS.
FIMA is a cloud-based, interoperable platform that distributes airspace information, directives and real-time traffic from Skyguide’s ATM systems to drone operators through a network of UAS service providers (USPs).
After the trial earlier this year at Lugano and Geneva airports, U-space will begin to cover additional airports and work towards a full U-space deployment, which is targeted for early 2020.
The aviation data exchange hub connects Skyguide’s air traffic management system to UAS service providers with open interfaces to support safe and compliant drone operations in low-altitude airspace.
Earlier this year, Skyguide and Airmap began a U-space automated authorisation live market trial that saw more than 200 operators join and receive automated authorisation to fly in controlled airspace near two airports.
As part of FIMS, participating USPs connect to the system using open interfaces to provide services that support drone operators.
“The Swiss U-space FIMS is a critical building block toward full UTM implementation in Switzerland,” said Klaus Meier, skyguide Chief Technology Officer. “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 interfaces to connect skyguide with multiple UAS Service Providers.”
The Swiss U-space FIMS is designed to connect with multiple USPs to support an open, competitive drone economy with a marketplace of drone services.
In the coming months U-space will cover airspace around additional airports and Skyguide and AirMap will build on the ongoing market trials to move toward full U-space deployment, currently targeted for early 2020.