The Belgian air navigation service provider skeyes will in future rely on a CNS (Communication, Navigation, Surveillance) drone specially developed by its Swiss counterpart Skyguide to check the performance of navigation aids.
On 31 December 2020, the new European regulations on drones came into force. These have farreaching consequences for air traffic. After six months, skeyes will make an initial evaluation.
Brussels Airport and skeyes are testing the operational use of drones at and around the airport this week. In a secure environment, an innovative safety drone is deployed, which can be controlled from a large distance to find out how drones can increase the safety, security and efficiency of airport operations. In addition, a drone detection system is being tested to detect unwanted drones, as these are not allowed in normal circumstances at and around the airport.
In the beginning of 2020, skeyes founded a commercial subsidiary, SkeyDrone. A well-considered choice that underlined skeyes' ambition to continue playing a pioneering role in Europe to enable the safe and efficient integration of drones into airspace. Where are skeyes and SkeyDrone one year later? Which projects have been accomplished and what can we expect in the near future? Peggy Devestel, COO of skeyes, and Hendrik-Jan Van Der Gucht, Managing Director of SkeyDrone explain the plans.
A few years ago, people were barely aware of them and they were used primarily by the military. Nowadays however, drones are becoming more and more part of our everyday life. Photos, videos, explorations and environmental analyses, deliveries of various goods are all applications that will increase their use in the airspace. skeyes takes the lead to integrate them safely in the existing traffic.