Swiss Federal Office of Civil Aviation (FOCA), in
partnership with UAV traffic management company AirMap and Swiss air navigation
service provider skyguide, announced the deployment of a Flight Information Management
System (FIMS) for UAVs.
The cloud-based FIMS is an aviation data exchange system
that connects skyguide’s air traffic management system to UAS service providers
with open interfaces to support safe and compliant drone operations in
low-altitude airspace. The real-time platform gives UAV operators airspace
information, directives, and air traffic information. The platform provides
traffic control operators with UAV flight plans in their airspace as well as
the ability to manage authorization requests.
FIMS is part of the wider development of the Swiss U-space
Implementation (SUSI) program, Switzerland’s drone traffic management network
“The Swiss U-space FIMS is a critical building block toward
full UTM [Unmanned Air Traffic Management] implementation in Switzerland,” said
Klaus Meier, skyguide Chief Technology Officer. “Following the creation of
SUSI, the Swiss U-space Implementation framework designed by FOCA to build an
open UTM ecosystem in Switzerland, we are delighted to announce the
availability of the FIMS open interfaces to connect skyguide with multiple UAS
Over the last several years the FAA has been rolling out Low
Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability (LAANC),
currently available at approximately 600 towered airports in the U.S. However, LAANC
only provide airspace authorizations, and not air traffic information.
A September 2018 report from
the FAA warned untrained operators, not having a functioning air UAV air
traffic management system, and the slow development of detect-and-avoid
technologies are the major challenges to the safe integration of UAVs.