R-SYS, subsidiary of ERA, has introduced MamDron Apps for Drone Flight Planning
The R-SYS Ltd, Slovakia, subsidiary of ERA, having an extensive expertise in a development and production of air traffic control systems, has designed, implemented and put on the market the MamDron information system for drone flight planning (MamDron IS). A purpose of MamDron project performed in a cooperation with the "Mám Dron" civil society is to provide Slovak drone pilots with all information needed for flight planning. MamDron IS includes also applications for iOS and Android mobile devices that are available free of charge to registered users.
MamDron IS users are provided with tools needed for planning drone flights in a compliance with the applicable Slovak and European legislation in effect. Operations of drones (unmanned aircraft) are governed by several regulations restricting or prohibiting drone flights in certain portions of the airspace. Generally, such restrictions refer not only to airspace areas allocated for manned aircraft operations but also to an airspace identified by reserved areas on the surface, such as conservation areas, critical infrastructure, etc. MamDron IS role is to provide an access to this kind of data by use of just one SW application and through a single interface. Hence, upon submitting a flight plan (by specifying the operation category, flight route, duration and a purpose of the flight) the drone operator is clearly notified about specific conditions and limitations applied to the intended operation.
How MamDron Applications Works
The core of the mobile application is an interactive map showing to a drone pilot the zone allocated for his intended flight as specified in flight plan he can fill-in and submit with just a few clicks. A couple seconds after its submitting, MamDron provides all available information on possible constraints along the flight route including reserved areas and no-drone zones (where drone flying is temporary not allowed), and produces their visual representation on the screen of the pilot's mobile device. Then, after a receipt of the related notification message, the pilot can check the zone availability for future flights. If the allocated drone zone overlaps with a reserved area or no-drone zone, the pilot can change his flight plan.
MamDron application is designed for a dynamic creation of no-drone zones within which flight of drones is temporary not allowed, usually due to security concerns of large-scale events (such as VIP events, sporting events, concerts, military exercises, etc.) requiring its closure for a specified time period.
"When developing MamDron IS we paid a close attention to an integration of all available data set out by both Slovak and EU drone regulations for drone operation. We have even invited municipalities to participate at this project and to identify local zones they want to restrict or exclude from drone flying. MamDron is not intended to put limits on drone operation, but on the contrary, it is aimed at its safe integration into the manned aviation to support drone usage for commercial purposes. We plan to enhance the system by features providing drone identification, real-time tracking of drone movement, as well as drone flight control through use of artificial intelligence. " said Marek Náhlik, CEO, R-SYS Ltd.