The German air navigation service provider (ANSP) DFSis committed to the safe and fair integration of unmanned aerial systems (UAS) into airspace. It wants to enable safe, efficient and orderly operations for all air traffic participants.
DFS positioned itself early and actively in the EU’s U-space initiative, part of the European SESAR Joint Undertaking,to consolidate its role in the dynamic drone market.
DFS is not just focussing on its current sovereign mandate as an ANSP, buthas the entire controlled and uncontrolled airspace in view, with manned and unmanned traffic.
To include new airspace participants safely and fairly, they have to be synchronised with traditional air traffic management (ATM) in terms of technology as well as processes and procedures. As part of an extended mandate, DFS sees itself responsible for structuring, organisingand managing future air traffic management in the entire airspace.
Integrating drones with ATM operations
The main goal is to assure the safety of all airspace participants in the air and around airports.
As the vital human element, it is important to protect air traffic controllers as much as possible from increased workload stemming from connecting an air traffic management system for UAS (a so-called UTM system) or drone detection solutions at airports to ATM systems, and to reduce interfaces between ATM systems for air traffic services, communication, navigation and surveillance and non-ATM systems to a necessary minimum.
To avoid capacity reductions, DFS is seeking innovative and economically viable solutions that guarantee customers’ requirements can be met
Our aim is that UTM and ATM areinteroperable and thatwe are actively involved in the development of the corresponding standards.
National UTM platform
With the operation of a national UTM platform, DFS sees itself as a market enabler, promoting the provision of various U-space functionalities in free competition as well as the safe use of drones in all fields of application.