EUR 26 Million Investment: SESAR JU unveils new projects for smarter air traffic management

The SESAR Joint Undertaking has selected 18 new exploratory research projects within the framework of its ambitious Digital European Sky research and innovation programme. The projects address a wide range of topics aimed at generating  innovative concepts, methodologies and technologies, all with a view to making air traffic management in Europe smarter and more sustainable. The projects represent a total investment of EUR 26 million by the aviation industry and the European Union through Horizon Europe.

The aim with the selected projects is to foster new and innovative ideas connected to EU policy to transform air traffic management in Europe, as well as encouraging coordinated exchange of knowledge and stimulating the future ATM skilled workforce. It is composed of two work areas, namely “ATM excellence science research and outreach” and “ATM application-oriented research”.

The call topics are part of the research and innovation priorities outlined in the SESAR 3 JU’s multi-annual work programme and in the more recently published bi-annual work programme. They cover a wide range of areas that are needed in order to deliver the Digital European Sky, according to the timeframe of the European ATM Master Plan.

The projects were selected as a result of a call for proposals launched in 2023 followed by a rigorous evaluation of the submitted proposals by independent experts. The official launch of the projects is subject to the completion of grant preparation in the coming weeks.

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CANSO and EUROAVIA partner to promote European cooperation through education, dialogue, and outreach

CANSO and EUROAVIA have signed a partnership at Airspace World 2024 aimed at attracting young professionals to the Air Traffic Management (ATM) industry.

The organisations agreed to collaborate in a number of areas including hosting joint workshops to educate young people about the ATM industry, facilitating networking opportunities, and creating internships and careers fairs.

“We are delighted that CANSO has signed an MOU with EUROAVIA – the European Association of Aerospace Students. This agreement strengthens our commitment to creating a pipeline of talent that will deliver our future skies” said Simon Hocquard, Director General, CANSO.

“We are thrilled to announce our partnership with CANSO at Airspace World 2024. This presents a unique opportunity for EUROAVIA to build a stronger relationship with the Air Traffic Management sector alongside CANSO, a key driver in the sector’s development,” added Leo Buchner, President, EUROAVIA.

Together, EUROAVIA and CANSO are starting by organising career fairs/industry days, joint workshops, seminars, or webinars with the aim of fostering knowledge exchange and professional development among the members of both parties.

Leeds Bradford Airport to deploy Altitude Angel’s Approval Services Platform

London, UK & Geneva, Switzerland:  On the third day of the Airspace World expo taking place in Geneva, Switzerland,Altitude Angel, the world’s most trusted UTM (Unified Traffic Management) technology provider, has announced Leeds Bradford Airport is to deploy its Approval Services platform which allows drone operators, and in the future eVTOL pilots, the ability to request and pay for operations within the airport’s airspace digitally and at the touch of a button.

Altitude Angel’s Approval Services platform, described on its launch by [then] Aviation Minister Baroness Vere, as ‘a key step to [the UK] achieving its ambitious outcomes we are setting through the Future of Flight Industry Group’, allows drone operators to submit flight plans, which take place in part wholly or in part, within an airport’s FRZ, quickly and securely, as well as facilitating any charges the airport have in place when a flight is approved.

On the deployment of Altitude Angel’s Approval Services platform at Leeds Bradford Airport, Jamie Babbin, Leeds Bradford Airport Operations Manager, said: “Surrounded by a number of towns, villages and industrial estates, the airport has been dealing with an increasing number of requests to fly within the FRZ from both commercial and recreational drone operators.

“The Approval Services platform allows us to receive all required information from the drone operator in an easy-to-use format, enabling us to quickly assess and decide whether we can allow the flight, or need to request an amendment to the flight plan before approving it.”

Chris Forster, Altitude Angel, Chief Operating Officer, added: “As a forward-thinking airport, Leeds Bradford Airport is laying the digital foundation stones for future airspace users. Whilst drone operators will be the first to benefit from this deployment, the use of the platform will scale as UAM services come on-line.”


For more information, please contact:

Stephen Farmer, Head of Corporate Communications & PR, Altitude Angel

Notes to editors  

About Altitude Angel

Altitude Angel is an award-winning provider of UTM (Unified Traffic Management) software, enabling those planning to operate, or develop UTM/U-Space solutions, to quickly integrate robust data and services with minimum effort.

Today, Altitude Angel’s market-defining technology is providing a critical, enabling service on which the future of UTM will be built across the globe. Altitude Angel is leading a consortium of businesses to build and develop 165 miles (265km) of ‘drone superhighways’ connecting airspace above Reading, Oxford, Milton Keynes, Cambridge, Coventry, and Rugby over the next two years. The Skyway superhighway network, enabled using Altitude Angel’s patented ARROW technology, will unlock the huge potential offered by unmanned aerial vehicles and be a catalyst to enable growth in the urban air mobility industry.

Altitude Angel’s first party solutions also power some of the world’s leading ANSPs, aviation authorities and Enterprises, including LVNL (Netherlands) and Avinor (Norway), empowering them with new capabilities to safely manage and integrate drone traffic into national operations.

By unlocking the potential of drones and helping national aviation authorities, ANSPs, developers and enterprise organisations, Altitude Angel is establishing new services to support the growth in the drone industry.

Altitude Angel was founded by Richard Parker in 2014 and is headquartered in Reading, UK. 

Altitude Angel’s developer platform is open and available to all at

SITA delivers critical datalink capability to Avinor, Norway’s air navigation service

The project links SITA’s ATN/VDLm2 service supporting CPDLC to cover the complete communication chain from central Air Traffic Management to the aircraft.

Wholly owned by the Norwegian Government, Avinor is responsible for 43 airports and air traffic control across Norway, part of the North Sea and the Arctic Ocean, providing safe and efficient travel for around 50 million passengers annually.

SITA’s Aeronautical Telecommunications Network (ATN) and VHF Data Link Mode 2 (VDLm2) services are playing a key role in Avinor’s strategic initiative to optimize Norwegian airspace to reduce costs, fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions by optimizing trajectories in the upper airspace.

SITA will also boost its VHF Digital Link Mode 2 (VDLm2) infrastructure in southern Norway by adding four VHF stations to ensure efficient airspace coverage.

Work on the five-year project began in 2023, with a service kick-off scheduled for early 2025.

Key benefits of the new service

Avinor’s adoption of SITA’s technology will enable it to automate procedures through CPDLC (ATN-B1) – the main airspace capacity booster in Europe today and essential while air traffic keeps growing across the continent. CPDLC is increasingly the primary means of communication between controllers and pilots, with voice used on an ancillary basis or in contingency situations.

The ATN/CPDLC service plays a crucial role in modernizing air traffic management by:

  • Driving sustainability – CPDLC is a prerequisite to implement new ATC concepts such as Trajectory Based Operations. This creates an efficient and detailed, four-dimensional trajectory that is coordinated with ground actors. Air traffic controllers then attempt to facilitate that plan where possible.
  • Reducing voice congestion – it offloads routine tasks from voice channels, allowing for quicker communication and improved handling of airspace,
  • Improving situational awareness – it enables the exchange of data such as ATC clearances, instructions, and position reports in digital format, enhancing clarity and reducing misunderstandings,
  • Increasing flight efficiency – it facilitates more precise clearances and instructions, optimizing flight paths and reducing fuel consumption,
  • Reducing communication errors – it uses standardized messaging, minimizing the risk of misinterpretation and improving safety,
  • Enhancing data security – ATN provides robust data encryption, safeguarding sensitive communication between pilots and air traffic controllers,
  • Reducing workload for controllers – CPDLC automates routine tasks, freeing up controllers to focus on complex situations,
  • Improving controller-pilot coordination – CPDLC facilitates two-way communication, enhancing collaboration and situational awareness for both parties,
  • Sustainability – CPDLC is a prerequisite to implement new ATC concepts that optimize trajectories and limit emissions.

Strategic steps

Commenting on the adoption of SITA’s ATN/CPDLC technology, Ellen Lystad, Director ANS Technology Development at Avinor, said: “As part of our commitment to the Single European Sky programme (SESAR), are  replacing the core system for en-route services, approach control services and tower services. We are also contributing to efficiency improvements in the European network through an increased scope of data sharing. Data sharing between the ground and air and systems on the ground will lay the foundation of this digitalization – and SITA is making a decisive contribution to that process through its ATN and CPDLC services”.

Yann Cabaret, CEO of SITA FOR AIRCRAFT, welcomed Avinor’s decision to contract SITA to provide the complete air traffic management chain across Norwegian airspace. “With the important inclusion of Norway, SITA can now provide complete airspace coverage across the European Union and adjacent countries – all part of the Single European Sky initiative. SITA operates a European-wide ATN backbone, the primary means of connection to the ANSPs. That places us as a critical reference point in the task of delivering a greener European sky.”

ANRA Technologies partners with Estonian Aviation Academy to establish U-space test center in Estonia

Sandbox goes live to host and support technology and service providers in the U-space environment.   

Geneva, Switzerland., March 19, 2024 – ANRA Technologies, a global leader in uncrewed traffic management and operational solutions, today announced a strategic partnership with the Estonian Aviation Academy, a state-owned institution with a mission to educate and train future aviation talent. ANRA Technologies (ANRA) and Estonian Aviation Academy (EAVA) will jointly co-develop, manage, and operate an Uncrewed Aircraft Systems (UAS) testing facility in Tartu, Estonia, for the wide-scale development and deployment of UAS technologies for U-space implementation.

“We are excited about the opportunities this partnership brings, as it aligns with our shared vision of fostering growth and excellence in the field of Innovative Aerial Services,” stated Maiken Kull, Vice Rector of Development at the Estonian Aviation Academy. “This collaboration is set to unlock new possibilities and contribute to the broader landscape of UAS development, making Estonia a focal point for advancements in U-space implementation.” 

The successful completion of initial testing and validation phases in September 2023 with the Estonian Transport Administration, Estonian Business and Innovation Agency, and the Tartu Science Park Foundation has paved the way for ANRA and EAVA to establish permanent test facilities for U-space operations and supporting infrastructure. Leveraging ANRA’s airspace and fleet management technology solutions combined with EAVA’s aviation expertise, facilities and staff will provide a first-of-its-kind sandbox in the region. This collaboration will provide a conducive test environment for de-risking and maturing technologies and services that align with EU U-space regulations while also serving as a catalyst for accelerating innovation and market adoption of Innovative Aerial Services.

Furthermore, the establishment of a U-space sandbox will enable stakeholders to fulfill their roles and responsibilities in accordance with EU Regulation 2021/664, 2021/665, and 2021/666, facilitating the evaluation of their business and operational strategies. It will allow the Competent Authority to establish a gradual approach to enable commercial operations and service provision in a real-world environment until U-space is fully implemented. 

“This strategic alliance marks a significant step forward in advancing the capabilities of uncrewed aerial systems, and it solidifies the shared commitment of both ANRA and EAVA to drive innovation and progress towards fully commercialized UAS operations in the EU,” stated Amit Ganjoo, Founder and CEO of ANRA Technologies. “The Tartu-based testing facility will serve as a hub for research, testing, and refinement of UAS technologies, fostering an environment conducive to the evolution and integration of these technologies into the EU airspace.”

EAVA takes the role of managing airspace and coordinating flight activities in multiple test sites by establishing the sandbox operations center at its premises near the airport and the City of Tartu. This aligns with regional efforts to develop the IAS ecosystem where U-space stakeholders can converge to validate and implement UAS solutions addressing urban challenges. This collaboration aims to set up a sandbox as a U-space integration platform and facilitate obtaining regulatory compliance to pave the way towards commercial UAS operations and services provision in the real-world urban environment. The physical and digital infrastructure for the test center will be established and available for validation activities by the second half of 2024.

About ANRA Technologies:

ANRA Technologies is a global leader in providing end-to-end drone operations and traffic management solutions for uncrewed aerial systems. The company specializes in delivering robust and scalable software platforms that enable safe and efficient integration of uncrewed systems. For more information about ANRA Technologies, visit

About Estonian Aviation Academy

The Estonian Aviation Academy is a professional higher education institution operating in Estonia. It trains specialists for the entire aviation industry, offers continuing education to aviation organizations, and conducts applied aviation research in collaboration with various partners.

NAV CANADA joins the iTEC Alliance to foster more efficient and sustainable aviation

  • iTEC, one of the Single European Sky pillars, will become a global alliance striving to improve air traffic management.
  • NAV CANADA, which manages the second-largest airspace in the world, will adopt the iTEC SkyNex system, which is being deployed in some of the world’s most complex and busiest skies, including those of Germany, Spain, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, and Lithuania. With this Alliance, the partners of iTEC manage an airspace covering 26 million square kilometers.
  • With NAV CANADA’s entry into the Alliance, the iTEC SkyNex system will be extended to a total of 27 control centers in eight countries to provide a common technology that supports more sustainable aviation with fewer emissions.
  • Aircraft will be able to cross half of the globe with iTEC SkyNex as the system managing their flights

Geneva, March 20, 2024—NAV CANADA is joining the iTEC Alliance and gives further momentum to an initiative that brings together some of the world’s leading air navigation service providers. With this important partnership, iTEC has reached beyond the European borders for the first time and continues its cooperative venture to create a more efficient and environment-friendly generation of air traffic management systems.

The signing took place today at the Airspace World event in Geneva which has brought together some of the main players in air traffic management ecosystem. Mark Cooper, Vice-President and Chief Technology and Information Officer on behalf of NAV CANADA, and the main representatives of the iTEC Alliance, Dirk Mahns, DFS COO and Chairman of iTEC Board; Kuldeep Gharatya, NATS Technical Services Director; Laura Garcés, ENAIRE Deputy Director ANS; Jan-Gunnar Pedersen, Avinor ANS CEO; Magdalena Jaworska-Maćkowiak, PANSA President; Marlou Banning, LVNL CFO; Saulius Batavičius, Oro Navigacija CEO; and Javier Ruano, Indra’s ATM General Director, signed the agreement. 

With this settlement, cooperation between Europe and North America will be reinforced, and global air traffic will reach new levels of efficiency thanks to a more collaborative management. This partnership also brings the possibility of operating transoceanic flights using the same technology from start to finish, thereby facilitating smoother traffic management across both sides of the world’s busiest oceanic areas.

The joining of NAV CANADA, who plays a unique and critical role in managing the second-largest airspace in the world, constitutes a significant advancement for the Alliance—expanding its partnered airspace from 8 million to over 26 million square kilometres and supporting more than 12 million flights from 27 control centres each year. Aircraft will be able to cross almost half of the globe with iTEC SkyNex as the system managing their flights.

iTEC SkyNex will facilitate the introduction of Trajectory-Based Operations (TBO) into Canada, steer air traffic management towards a strategic approach and provide a more comprehensive view of the flight from take-off to landing. This new technology can accurately calculate trajectories and manage the progress of flights over a broader horizon, allowing for improved planning and greater efficiency. The system will increase efficiency, provide greater data accuracy, optimize flight paths and resources, reduce delays and CO2 emissions, and cut down costs significantly.

With the incorporation of NAV CANADA, the alliance will also acquire a partner that will contribute to evolving the iTEC SkyNex system and speeding up the introduction of new technologies, concepts and ever more sophisticated functions, sharing costs and know-how.

“We are delighted to be the first non-European ANSP to join the iTEC Alliance. Founded on the spirit of collaboration, NAV CANADA is proud to now be part of this partnership. A better future is ahead of us with iTEC SkyNex; we are now in a position to achieve goals that were previously unimaginable and build towards more sustainable skies,” said Raymond G. Bohn, President and CEO, NAV CANADA.

Dirk Mahns, DFS COO and Chairman of the iTEC Board, stated that “NAV CANADA’s entry into the alliance constitutes a significant milestone and highlights the fact that we have a highly advanced technology and a spirit of collaboration that are delivering tangible results and encouraging interoperability between air navigation service providers, a key aspect to transforming aviation and managing flights more intelligently and efficiently”.


NAV CANADA is a private, not-for-profit company, established in 1996, providing air traffic control, airport advisory services, weather briefings and aeronautical information services for more than 18 million square kilometres of Canadian domestic and international airspace. 

The Company is internationally recognized for its safety record, and technology innovation.  

About iTEC

iTEC is an alliance formed by eight air navigation service providers: DFS (Germany), Enaire (Spain), NATS (United Kingdom), LVNL (Netherlands), PANSA (Poland), Avinor (Norway), Oro Navigacija (Lithuania), and NAV CANADA (Canada), with Indra as the technological provider. Together, they have developed and are deploying the next-generation air traffic management system, iTEC SkyNex, which enables more collaborative and efficient flight control.

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Media Relations NAV CANADA 

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iTEC SkyNex Communication

FREQUENTIS X10 prepares Luxembourg Airport for future-ready voice communications

  • Frequentis X10 voice communication system (VCS) to modernise tower and approach
    infrastructure for air/ground and ground/ground communications
  • X10 VCS provides a market-leading approach to cyber security and the most intuitive
    Human Machine Interface (HMI) for the air traffic controllers

Luxembourg Air Navigation Administration (ANA) has selected the Frequentis X10 VCS to modernise the voice communication system infrastructure for its tower control and approach centre at Luxembourg Airport.

Gerald Mohnl, Director ATM Communication; Claudio Clori-Fugazza CEO Luxembourg ANA; Herman Mattanovich, CTO Frequentis; ©

X10 VCS is a fully software-based and air traffic management (ATM)-grade IT VCS, suited for both virtualised and conventional airspace. The offered solution provides all essential features for reliable air/ground and ground/ground communications. It provides the resilience and cyber security required of a system built for safety-critical ATM, with a unique multi-redundancy design, as well as the ability to adapt capacity depending on demand.

“The X10 is our next-generation VCS system, designed with operational agility and a future-proof update strategy that will ensure business continuity throughout ATM operations,” says Hannu Juurakko, Frequentis Executive Vice President ATM Civil and Chairman of the ATM Executive Team. “Having
worked with Luxembourg ANA for over 20 years, we are dedicated to supporting them with the changing demands of their airspace, providing the most modern VCS on the market with a clear path to a future unified communication solution.”

Frequentis X10 VCS adds value to every air traffic control operation, making it particularly strong from the air traffic controllers’ perspective. The loading of roles and the handling of scenarios are easy and intuitive, without any disruption to service provision. The advanced user functions, including sensitive and gesture-based operation, ensure any clutter on the operator panel is eliminated.

“As a long-term customer of Frequentis for many decades, we trust their solutions implicitly and are looking forward to this VCS modernisation to support our airspace with managing increasing demands, as well as preparing us for future requirements and ensuring the highest level of safety for our customers,” says Claudio Clori, Director, Administration of Air Navigation.

Thierry Hirtz, Head of Certification, Luxembourg ANA, Herman Mattanovich, CTO Frequentis; Claudio Clori-Fugazza CEO Luxembourg
ANA; Alex Ronach, Sales Central Europe, Frequentis; Gerald Mohnl, Director ATM Communication; © Frequentis

Frequentis is a global supplier of communication and information systems for control centres with safety-critical tasks. The listed family company develops and markets its “control centre solutions” in the Air Traffic Management segment (civil and military air traffic control, air defence) and the Public Safety & Transport segment (police, fire brigades, emergency rescue services, railways, coastguards, port authorities). With a market share of 30%, Frequentis is the world market leader in voice communication systems for air traffic control. Frequentis is also the global leader in aeronautical
information management and aeronautical message handling systems.

As a global player with around 2,200 employees (full-time equivalents/FTE), Frequentis has a global network of companies and representatives in more than 50 countries. Its head office is in Vienna, Austria. Frequentis’ products, services, and solutions are used at more than 45,000 operator working positions in around 150 countries. Shares in Frequentis are traded on the Vienna and Frankfurt stock exchanges; ISIN: ATFREQUENT09, WKN: A2PHG5. In 2022, revenues were EUR 386.0 million and EBIT was EUR 25.0 million.

Wherever Frequentis’ systems are used, safety-critical operators bear responsibility for the safety of other people and goods. The company also works towards a more sustainable future through its air traffic optimisation solutions.

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Jennifer McLellan, Global Media Relations Manager, +44 2030 050 188
Barbara Fuerchtegott, Head of Communications/Company Spokesperson, +43 1 81150-463

Leidos establishes Air Traffic Management Center of Excellence in Indo-Pacific Region

(RESTON, Va.) March 20, 2024 – Leidos (NYSE:LDOS), a FORTUNE® 500 innovation company, has announced the establishment of an Air Traffic Management (ATM) Center of Excellence in Singapore to keep pace with the rapidly evolving demands of global aviation. This operational expansion will provide research and collaboration intended to deliver safe and efficient solutions to the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) and Air Navigation Service Providers in the Indo-Pacific region.

“This expansion represents the next step in delivering the highest level of airspace services to the Indo-Pacific region,” said Ed Sayadian, Leidos senior vice president, transportation solutions. “We are excited to grow our regional team with innovative thinkers who will engage with a broad base of global air transportation stakeholders to advance critical air traffic management capabilities.”

Axel Bensch, pictured below, has been appointed to lead operations in the region as well as the new center, bringing with him more than 25 years of commercial aviation and ATM expertise. Under his leadership, the Center will collaborate with regional universities, research institutes and industry partners to augment international air traffic solutions and enhance operations in the region leveraging Leidos’ 65-year history of supporting air navigation service providers and their mission.

The Center will also provide collaborative research and development for advanced capabilities in trajectory-based operations and international air traffic flow management through Skyline-XTM – Leidos’ comprehensive air traffic management platform.

For more on Leidos’ extensive solutions in air traffic management, visit

About Leidos

Leidos is a Fortune 500® innovation company rapidly addressing the world’s most vexing challenges in national security and health. The company’s global workforce of 47,000 collaborates to create smarter technology solutions for customers in heavily regulated industries. Headquartered in Reston, Virginia, Leidos reported annual revenues of approximately $15.4 billion for the fiscal year ended December 29, 2023. For more information, visit

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SkeyDrone honored at Air Traffic Management Awards 2023 for Drone Detection solution

Geneva, March 20, 2024 –At Airspace World 2024 in Geneva, SkeyDrone has been honored with the runner-up award in the category “Integration of drones/AAM” with our Drone Detection as-a-Service solution. This recognition, presented by Air Traffic Management Magazine in collaboration with CANSO, highlights SkeyDrone’s commitment to advancing drone technology in aviation.

The Air Traffic Management Awards aim to encourage pioneering concepts and acknowledge significant achievements by leaders, initiatives, and organisations in the aviation industry. This year, the “Integration of Drones/AAM” category saw a record number of entries, making the competition tougher than ever.

SkeyDrone’s award-winning Drone Detection as-a-Service solution boasts an exceptionally high detection rate and effectively distinguishes authorised drone operations from unauthorised drone activities. Since its successful deployment at events like Tomorrowland in 2023, where it helped confiscate 12 illegal drones, the solution has been adopted by many organisations safeguarding critical infrastructure.

Expressing pride in SkeyDrone’s achievement, Hendrik-Jan Van Der Gucht, Managing Director of SkeyDrone, emphasized the company’s unique position as the only startup recognized at the awards. “Winning this award among tough competition is a testament to the dedication of the SkeyDrone team. We’re proud to be the only startup honored, showing our commitment to innovation in aviation.”

note to the editors

Media requiring additional information can contact Nele Coghe, Head of Marketing at SkeyDrone via and +32 473 76 90 16.

About SkeyDrone

SkeyDrone is a joint venture between the Belgian Air Navigation Service Provider skeyes and Brussels Airport Company. The company’s mission is to provide end-to-end solutions for business needs related to the use of uncrewed aircraft (drones). SkeyDrone offers solutions for lower airspace monitoring, management of and protection against drones for authorities and geo-zone managers, UTM/U-space & consultancy services for drone operators and business integration services for companies. Playing a pivotal role in the implementation of U-space in Belgium, SkeyDrone is on track to make history by becoming one of the first U-space service providers in Europe.

GoDrone 2.0 – Drone Flight Planning App gets a new look!

Netherlands favourite flight planning app to relaunch with enhanced user experience and industry-ready flight planning tool set

Geneva, Switzerland:  Netherlands ANSP LVNL and Altitude Angel, the world’s most trusted UTM (Unified Traffic Management) technology provider, have chosen the second day of Airspace World to announce the release of a new and improved version of the popular flight planning tool, GoDrone, bringing a host of new features which will give users an even greater understanding of the country’s airspace and access to it.

Designed and powered by Altitude Angel, GoDrone has established itself as the flight planning app for professional and recreational drone pilots across the Netherlands since its launch in April 2020.

“Planning is central to all commercial drone operations within a civil CTR, and any operator should start their flight plan with GoDrone, which is why we’re continuing to invest in the app,” said Wouter Pekela, Program Manager Unmanned Aviation, LVNL.

The new version of GoDrone, which begins rolling out in Q2 for both iOS and Android, is the most extensive update since the app was first launched and includes several enhancements and exciting new features.

The suite of updated features includes enhanced integrated flight planning, advanced flight plan drawing tools, and approval services – the ability to request access to fly digitally in airspace such as an airport CTR– through the app.

These updates make the app more user-friendly and intuitive for novice pilots, whilst providing several business-critical services for more experienced and professional operators.

In addition to enhanced integrated flight planning & drawing tools, GoDrone also includes new ‘pilot profiles’ and aircraft management, which provides users with the ability to log drone operator profiles, hours flown, and airframe hours used.  These features are particularly useful for professional drone operators who may be required to manage or evidence their operational experience and help in managing airframe service intervals and the like.

Other upgrades and new features also include:

  • New UXUI -Completely rebuilt modern user interface. 
  • New Accepted and Approved statuses, allowing GoDrone users to be able to receive more digital updates and information on their mission requests.
  • New Map Types including Satellite Maps to help you plan your drone flights safely and efficiently.
  • Advanced filter setup allows you to fully customise your airspace to suit your preferences, including political border and NOTAM’s. 
  • Airframe Hanger – Ability to now input and save all of drones directly in the GoDrone APP. 
  • GoDrone Operator Portal Integration – Information, edits and missions are natively linked between the GoDrone APP and Operator Portal.  
  • Ground Hazards – Understand ground hazards in greater details, The Godrone now displays a list of ground hazards in the pre-flight report, each is clickable, providing users with more detailed information.
  • New Area reports feature which gives you a simple-to-understand view of where you can fly safely, where you need to exercise caution or areas that are prohibited.
  • Enhanced Security (Biometrics) Utilise the latest security features on your phone or tablet, including eye and fingerprint access.
  • New flight plan tools- Maximise your flight planning by using advanced drawing tools, or upload files directly from your device.


For more information, please contact:

Stephen Farmer, Head of Corporate Communications & PR, Altitude Angel

Notes to editors  

About Altitude Angel

Altitude Angel is an award-winning provider of UTM (Unified Traffic Management) software, enabling those planning to operate, or develop UTM/U-Space solutions, to quickly integrate robust data and services with minimum effort.

Today, Altitude Angel’s market-defining technology is providing a critical, enabling service on which the future of UTM will be built across the globe. Altitude Angel is leading a consortium of businesses to build and develop 165 miles (265km) of ‘drone superhighways’ connecting airspace above Reading, Oxford, Milton Keynes, Cambridge, Coventry, and Rugby over the next two years. The Skyway superhighway network, enabled using Altitude Angel’s patented ARROW technology, will unlock the huge potential offered by unmanned aerial vehicles and be a catalyst to enable growth in the urban air mobility industry.

Altitude Angel’s first party solutions also power some of the world’s leading ANSPs, aviation authorities and Enterprises, including LVNL (Netherlands) and Avinor (Norway), empowering them with new capabilities to safely manage and integrate drone traffic into national operations.

By unlocking the potential of drones and helping national aviation authorities, ANSPs, developers and enterprise organisations, Altitude Angel is establishing new services to support the growth in the drone industry.

Altitude Angel was founded by Richard Parker in 2014 and is headquartered in Reading, UK. 

Altitude Angel’s developer platform is open and available to all at