China-based EHang, Azerbaijan Airlines to establish UAV command-and-control center

China-based EHang, an autonomous aerial vehicle (AAV) technology platform company, has announced an agreement with Azerbaijan Airlines (AZAL) to establish a command-and-control center to manage unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) at Heydar Aliyev International Airport in Baku, Azerbaijan, the company said.

The command-and-control center will allow Azerbaijan Air Navigation Services (AZANS), the air navigation services provider for the Republic of Azerbaijan, to control UAV traffic on the airport´s premises and prevent the unauthorized use of UAVs. It will be fully integrated with the Azerbaijani air traffic control system.

The command-and-control center will also equip AZANS with technologies including 3D mapping and terrain scanning to support airfield design and aerial navigation map development.

EHang is an autonomous aerial vehicle (AAV) technology platform company. EHang provides customers in various industries with AAV products and commercial solutions: urban air mobility (including passenger transportation and logistics), smart city management, and aerial media solutions.

Azerbaijan Air Navigation Services was created in 1996 by decision of the Board of Directors of the State Civil Aviation Company. The primary mission of the new company was to ensure the safety of flights in the Republic of Azerbaijan´s airspace through air traffic servicing and coordination.