Swiss U-space launches drone-focused national flight information management system

Swiss air navigation service provider Skyguide, an airspace intelligence platform for drones, has announced it has partnered with the Swiss Federal Office of Civil Aviation (FOCA), to deploy the Swiss U-space flight information management system for drones (FIMS), the company said.

The FIMS is an aviation data exchange hub that connects Skyguide´s air traffic management system to UAS Service Providers (USPs) with open interfaces to support safe and compliant drone operations in low-altitude airspace. The FIMS deployment represents a milestone in the development of the Swiss U-space Implementation (SUSI) program, Switzerland´s drone traffic management network infrastructure.

U-space complements traditional air traffic management (ATM) systems by facilitating information exchange and interactions between airspace authorities and drone operators. As part of U-space, the FIMS is a cloud-based, interoperable platform that distributes airspace information, directives and real-time traffic from skyguide´s ATM system to drone operators through a network of USPs.

Switzerland´s FIMS enables multiple USPs to connect to safety-critical airspace information using open and interoperable interfaces to deliver nationwide U-space services to UAS operators.