Volocopter has performed a flight at the Helsinki International Airport which successfully integrated a piloted air taxi into both the Air Traffic Management (ATM) and Unmanned Aircraft System Traffic Management (UTM) system.
As part of the Single European Sky ATM Research (SESAR) Programme, this demonstration is the final leg of the Gulf of Finland (GOF) u-space project showing how ATM and UTM systems enable Urban Air Mobility (UAM) environments require reliable solutions to enable safe airspace operations given the increasing number of drones and manned aircraft over cities.
The GOF U-space flight trial demonstrated how ATM and UTM can act in combination to enable safe and efficient air taxi operation in urban environments, including airports.
Project co-ordinator from Estonian Air Navigation Services, Maria Tamm, commented: “As air traffic continues to rise in number and kinds – especially with the arrival of unmanned aircrafts and air taxis, the technology and rules for using VVL airspace needs updating.”
Adding: “This is where SESAR comes into place and particularly the GOF U-space project for the integration of UTM into the ATM systems or connecting the uncontrolled and controlled airspace. The demonstration at Helsinki airport showed that various systems are ready to safely and efficiently manage air taxi operations, their related services and subsequent interaction within existing aviation and airspace activities.
Volocopter performed a series of tests with three different leading UTM service providers, namely AirMap, Altitude Angel and Unifly participating in the project for UTM systems and services for the VLL airspace.
The providers were tested for compatibility, functionality and usability.
Jan-Hendrik Boelens, CTO of Volocopter, said: “We are happy to say that all providers we tested were compatible with the Volocopter systems. As a member of the SESAR consortium, we have the rare opportunity to work at the forefront of integrating ATM/UTM with all relevant stakeholders at the table: regulators, airports, air navigation service providers and UTM providers.”
GOF U-Space will present the result of all trials over the past year in early October in Helsinki and Tallinn respectively.