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UAV Traffic Management Trial launching today in New Zealand

Posted on 12-Dec-2017 16:06 | Filed under: News


Airways has partnered with global airspace management provider AirMap to deliver the trial platform that provides flight planning and management tools for commercial and recreational UAV pilots.

 

The trial will help the company learn about the value that UTM technology can offer authorities and UAV pilots.

People are invited to participate in the trial, which is planned to be taken place in Queenstown Lakes district, Christchurch City and Selwyn districts.

 

To participate, all you need to do is download the Airmap app on iOS or Android and start using it to plan your flights. The trial will run for approximately twelve weeks.

 

With AirMap’s free iOS and Android apps, you will be able to seek necessary airspace and public land owner approvals to fly, file flight plans, and access real–time information about other UAV in the area.

 

For the initial launch, the following authorities will be providing authorisations and advisory information through the app:

 

  • Airways Air Traffic Control Towers in Queenstown and Christchurch
  • Queenstown Lakes District Council, Queenstown Airport Company and Wanaka Airport
  • Christchurch City Council, Selwyn District Council and Christchurch Airport

As the trial progresses, further stakeholders will be added to the system with the aim of providing an information and approval "one stop shop".

 

Airshare My Flights will continue to be available for use in the UTM trial regions for those who do not wish to use the AirMap app. If you are using Airmap and receive approvals, you do not need to log the flight in Airshare.