Flight planning app Airmate is working with unmanned (drone) traffic management company Altitude Angel to allow General Aviation aircraft to see drones and vice versa.
The real-time exchange of aircraft telemetry data between the two organisations will allow the aviation industry to move closer towards a unified picture of the sky.
Private pilots use Airmate to plan, manage and track their flights. Altitude Angel’s GuardianUTM platform allows drone pilots to submit flight reports and request approval to fly in controlled airspace from official air traffic management authorities.
Still in development, Altitude Angel’s deconfliction technology will allow drones to fly beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) and co-exist with manned aviation.
Richard Parker, Altitude Angel CEO and founder said, “Over the last 12 months Altitude Angel has been the first to develop and launch key ‘technological pillars’ of UTM, including strategic and tactical deconfliction.
“We’re committed to increasing our picture of the sky by continuing to integrate real-time airspace data into our platform. Our partnership with Airmate is a crucial step forward and will allow us to supplement our tracking data for non-ADS-B and radar feeds to enhance our airspace alerts further.”
Daniel Mavrakis, founder of Airmate, said, “Thanks to open aviation data from aviation authorities, Airmate brought free flight planning tools to the aviation world in more than 200 countries. Our pilot community has now reached 70,000 pilots — more than doubling every year.
“Since the beginning, Airmate aimed to contribute to increase aviation safety by bringing the Airmate flight planning solution free of charge to aviators. Thanks to our partnership with Altitude Angel and its innovative GuardianUTM platform, we are now going one step further, helping pilots to get informed of potential conflicts with drones operating near them.”