TEL AVIV, Israel - Airwayz, an unmanned aerial system traffic management (UTM) and U-Space service provider (USSP) based in Tel Aviv, announced that they have partnered with FlightOps in Herzliya, also in Israel. FlightOps specializes in advanced unmanned aerial vehicle operating systems (UAVOS) solutions. The partnership will see the integration between FlightOps flight automation software and Airwayz’ UTM system, which will allow drone operators to automate drone management and will be used for the first time during the second phase of the Israel National Drone Initiative (INDI2).
The collaboration between Airwayz and FlightOps marks a significant step forward towards commercially viable U-Spaces. The European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has enacted "U-Space" regulations to create areas in which uncrewed platforms can be integrated into airspace safely. With advanced, automated drone management, Airwayz and FlightOps say it will provide a secure and reliable environment for drone operations. Removing manual operations delivers U-Spaces with safety, control, and efficiency.
“The changes to regulation in Europe mean there’s a huge opportunity to implement commercial U-Spaces across myriad sectors," says FlightOps Shay Levy, FlightOps’s CEO “FlightOps and Airwayz have worked together to integrate a solution that makes those U-Spaces not only possible, but safe, efficient and profitable.”
FlightOps is one of the first companies to offer UAVOS in Europe. The recent EASA regulation changes in January 2023 regarding U-Space adoption in Europe have unlocked the opportunity to implement innovative systems. Prior to the regulation change, there was limited need for UAVOS; however now, with the accelerated U-Space adoption, UAVOS is pivotal to make them commercially viable. Airwayz and FlightOps will demonstrate this during INDI2, when their integrated system will undergo testing devised for various sectors, encompassing mission scenarios pertinent to smart cities, seaports, and deliveries.
“We believe the future of drone operations is all about automation and this partnership will really help to push that forward. With Airwayz and FlightOps joining forces, we're confident that we can push the boundaries of what's possible with drone technology,” says Eyal Zor, CEO of Airwayz.