06 February 2017

Safer Together: Combined Drone and Aircraft Technology to Avoid Mid-Air Collisions


Safer Together: A senseFly & Air Navigation Pro Initiative to Reduce the Risk of Mid-air Collision

Safer Together addresses one of the biggest issues facing the General Aviation and unmanned aircraft communities: the risk of mid-air collision. This dual-phase initiative will provide General aviation pilots and drone operators with awareness of each other’s airborne activities—giving them the knowledge they need to take any actions necessary to avoid mid-air incidents.

With Air Navigation Pro having one of the best aeronautical databases, it joins forces with senseFly to drive awareness on drone operations and aviation safety. The initiative makes senseFly and Air Navigation Pro both pioneers in drone collision avoidance.

Safer Together opens the lines of communication between the drone-operator and the pilot. “With the increasing number of vehicles in the air, it is essential that we focus on the improvement and awareness of mid-air safety.” - Johann Huguenin, CEO of Air Navigation Pro.
senseFly’s dedication to aviation safety and global customer reach, makes them the right organization to collaborate with first. Other drone makers are also urged to join this cause to expand the benefits that Safer Together offers by allowing General Aviation pilots to view the activity of every drone operation, whatever the brand of UAS.

Building awareness

Phase 1: Drone awareness for General Aviation pilots

During the summer of 2016, senseFly released a new General Aviation functionality for its eMotion flight planning software. This enables drone operators such as its popular eBee mapping platforms and albris inspection UAV to create a special ‘advisory’ when planning their automated drone flights. sensefly’s eMotion feature will transmit a batch of flight information advisory via internet, to Air Navigation Pro.

Air Navigation Pro will then push this information out to the smart devices of connected Air Navigation Pro users, enabling them to see details of senseFly operator’s planned drone flight, such as its location, likely timings, height above the ground and many other key features—both prior to, and during* the General Aviation pilot’s flight.

Phase 2: General Aviation awareness for drone operators

In the coming months, senseFly drone operators will, in turn, gain the ability to view the trajectories of planned Air Navigation users’ flights real time**.

This will make the Safer Together project the first system to provide bi-directional awareness of aerial activity for General Aviation pilots and drone operators.

“Many of our founders and team members are pilots, so we understand how crucial ‘see and avoid’ awareness is for operational safety. This collaboration is about bridging the awareness gap between operators of our UAS—such as civil engineers, surveyors and agricultural professionals—and Air Navigation Pro’s community of General Aviation users." - Cyril Halter, COO of senseFly
Discover how to use those features on Air Navigation Pro iOS. 

About senseFly

senseFly develops and produces aerial imaging drones for professional applications. It was founded in 2009 by a team of robotics researchers and quickly became the industry leader in mapping drones.

Safe, ultra-light and easy to use, senseFly’s highly automated data collection tools are employed by customers around the world in fields such as surveying, agriculture, GIS, industrial inspection, mining and humanitarian aid.

* Requires the smart device running Air Navigation Pro to have an internet connection during flight.
** Requires the device running eMotion to have an internet connection. 

To learn more about safer together, you can also visit our website at www.safertogether.aero

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