NAV CANADA signs strategic agreement with
February 26, 2020 – Ottawa / Antwerp – NAV
CANADA has entered into an agreement with Unifly, a strategic technology
partner, in the deployment of a national system that provides digital services
for safely operating and managing drones in Canadian airspace.
The system has an intuitive user interface
and will enable Canadian drone pilots to access web and mobile applications to
identify safe and legal airspace, plan flights, manage operations, pilots and
fleet of drones.
This fully digitized system makes the
process of requesting authorization to fly in controlled airspace easier and
faster for qualified drone pilots. The app will also benefit airlines and
general aviation pilots, as it reduces the risk of accidental drone incursions.
As Canada’s air navigation service
provider, NAV CANADA has an essential role to play in developing an operating
environment that supports the innovative potential of the drone industry and
ensures safety across Canadian airspace.
The system is designed to support current
regulations for drone flights within visual line of sight.
The website and mobile app will be
available both in French and in English.
“After a thorough analysis of the market we
selected Unifly based on their advanced technology and proven track record in
numerous countries. The new app is a key
component of our national drone strategy and will further our dedication to air
traffic safety and technological innovation in Canadian airspace,” said Mark
Cooper, Senior Vice President, ANS Technology, NAV CANADA.
one of the most innovative and world’s safest Air Navigation Service Providers,
NAV CANADA has a deep understanding of the challenges that developing and
implementing complex traffic management systems bring,” said Marc Kegelaers,
CEO of Unifly.
“We are therefore very proud that NAV
CANADA decided to partner with Unifly and strongly feel this agreement is a
recognition of the value of our strategy. These past years we have not only
developed our product but also organized our entire company to become the ideal
partner for national Air Navigation Service Providers and Civil Aviation
About NAV CANADA
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. Air traffic management
systems developed by NAV CANADA are used by air navigation service providers in
Unifly’s mission is to create a digital
environment that helps stimulate the drone market while safeguarding the safety
of the airspace.
Unifly is a leading supplier of Unmanned
Traffic Management (UTM) solutions, connecting authorities and operators to
safely integrate RPAS into the airspace. Founded by former Air Traffic
Controllers, the company has operations worldwide and offices in Europe, North
America, and South America.
Unifly created a global ecosystem of
partners composed of international, national, and local authorities, airports,
technology providers, standard development organizations, research groups, and
academic institutions. The Unifly UTM portfolio is designed as a highly
scalable, cloud-based solution supporting all stakeholders.
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