AirMap, Airways New Zealand to trial drone traffic management system

AirMap has joined forces with Airways New Zealand to deploy an unmanned traffic management system that enables safe and compliant drone flights for a three-month trial in the Canterbury and Queenstown regions of New Zealand, the company said.

Over the past three years, weekly recorded drone flights in the country´s controlled airspace have increased 20-fold. As drones take off in increasing numbers, unmanned traffic management (UTM) technology will allow them to integrate safely with New Zealand´s national airspace system.

The Airways-AirMap trial brings digital authorization capabilities first deployed in the US for the LAANC program to New Zealand. Using AirMap´s free iOS and Android apps, drone operators can request digital airspace and public land owner approvals required by New Zealand´s Civil Aviation Authority. Digital authorization is available from the Christchurch, Queenstown, and Wanaka airports and on public lands in the Christchurch City, Selwyn, and Queenstown Lakes District Councils, including parks and reserves. Commercial and recreational drone operators are invited to take part in the trial, which is currently underway and will significantly simplify and streamline the authorization process.

AirMap is the world´s airspace management platform for drones. Millions of drones, hundreds of drone manufacturers and developers, and hundreds of airspace managers and stakeholders rely on AirMap´s airspace intelligence and services to fly safely and communicate with others in low-altitude airspace. For more information visit www.airmap.com and follow @AirMapIO on Twitter.

Airways New Zealand is a world-leading provider of air traffic management services and a key enabler of the region´s aviation system, optimising air traffic flows across the entire aviation network. For more information visit www.airways.co.nz.