A German airport will open a flight test facility for advanced air mobility
Developing its air traffic automation technology at Augsburg Airport in southern Germany will be Skyroads' first flight test site. As part of its integration preparations for new eVTOL aircraft and large drones into controlled airspace, including cities, the Munich-based company will use the facility with its partners.
Bavaria is co-financing investments at the Augsburg site. Manufacturers and operators of aircraft, as well as developers of vertiports and other ground infrastructure providers, will use it as a "large-scale real-life laboratory".
Superal, Manta, and FlyNow Aviation are among the companies involved in the project. As well as the Horyzn student research initiative and flight control specialist Amazilia Aerospace, Skyroads also named Flix as a partner and the Technical University of Munich as a university partner.
According to Skyroads, the test site will be used for improving data communication technologies supportive of advanced air mobility services. The facility will also be used by D3 Technologies, which was formerly known as D3 Technologies, for regulatory approval exercises.
Many aviation companies and organizations already call Augsburg home, including MT Aerospace, Rocket Factory, and Premium Aerotec. As Skyroads prepares for its move to the new location, it is validating and verifying the system architecture it will use there. A ground and flight test agreement will also be established with Augsburg Airport.
In order to develop an uncrewed traffic management system, Skyroads has developed a prototype that communicates with the flight control computer of the aircraft as well as the ground system via a cellular network, known as the "blue box." In addition to planning routes, the ground system includes a "map utility" function which allows users to enter flight information.