Norway’s air navigation service provider Avinor awarded a contract for UAS traffic management (UTM) to Frequentis. The two organizations will “open up the Norwegian airspace for advanced use of drones in the coming years.” Frequentis will further partner UTM technology provider Altitude Angel for the deployment of the UTM solution. This will lead to integration of drones into controlled airspace at 18 airports across Norway.
The products and services forming part of the scalable system include an ATM-grade Flight Information Management System (FIMS), a drone registration system, and a web and mobile flight planning application. According to a Frequentis spokesperson, this will “pave the way for drone delivery services to be supported sooner than anticipated.”
In 2018 the Norwegian government published a strategy for drones in Norway.
“Norway is a very forward thinking and technologically savvy country in which the use of drones and UAVs will undoubtedly form a key part of its future tech-economy,” added Richard Parker, Altitude Angel, CEO and founder. “This is just the first step to enabling future BVLOS flights, ultimately opening the skies above Norway to drone operations ranging from SAR and blue light support to commercial package delivery.”
Avinor AS is a state-owned limited company that operates most of the civil airports in Norway. Frequentis is headquartered in Vienna, Austria. Altitude Angel is based in London, UK.
[Photo: Oslo Airport. Photo courtesy Avinor.]