First two demos in the Gulf of Finland (GOF) U-space project mark a leap forward in the implementation of unmanned traffic management (UTM) in Europe.
For the first time general aviation, drones, and recreational model aircraft safely shared the airspace above and around an operational airfield. This took place at the East Helsinki Aerodrome in Pyhtää, Finland, on 11 June. In a second demo on 14 June urban drone operations, above and below 500 feet, were demonstrated in controlled airspace in Tallinn, Estonia.
The GOF U-space project, with a broad consortium of 19 members, demonstrates that Europe is on course with its implementation of U-space - an initiative which aims to ensure safe and secure drone traffic management, based on the rapid growth of drone use.
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