NAV CANADA signs strategic agreement with Terra Drone’s portfolio company Unifly
Unifly is developing a bilingual website and mobile app that would enable drone pilots to identify safe and legal airspace, plan flights, and manage operations
Terra Drone Corporation’s portfolio company, Unifly, will help drone pilots in Canada to plan future missions
Tokyo – February 28, 2020 – Canada’s civil air navigation service provider, NAV CANADA, has entered into an agreement with Japan-based Terra Drone Corporation’s portfolio company, Unifly, to help drone pilots plan future missions. As a strategic technology partner to NAV CANADA, Unifly will facilitate the deployment of a national system that would provide digital services for safely operating and managing drones in the Canadian airspace.
With an intuitive user interface, Unifly’s system would enable Canadian drone pilots to access web and mobile applications to identify safe and legal airspace, plan flights, manage operations, pilots and fleet of drones. This fully digitized system will make the process of requesting authorization to fly in controlled airspace easier and faster for qualified drone pilots. The app will also benefit airlines and general aviation pilots by reducing the risk of accidental drone incursions. Both the website and the mobile app will be available in French and English languages.
NAV CANADA has an essential role to play in developing an operating environment that supports the innovative potential of the drone industry and ensures safety across Canadian airspace. Unifly’s system enables NAV CANADA to do that by supporting all current regulations for drone flights within the visual line of sight.
“After a thorough analysis of the market, we selected Unifly based on their advanced technology and proven track record in numerous countries. The new app is a key component of our national drone strategy and will further our dedication to air traffic safety and technological innovation in Canadian airspace,” said Mark Cooper, Senior Vice President, ANS Technology, NAV CANADA.
“As one of the most innovative and world’s safest Air Navigation Service Providers, NAV CANADA has a deep understanding of the challenges that developing and implementing complex traffic management systems bring,” said Marc Kegelaers, CEO of Unifly.
“We are, therefore, very proud that NAV CANADA decided to partner with Unifly and strongly feel this agreement is a recognition of the value of our strategy. These past years we have not only developed our product but also organized our entire company to become the ideal partner for national Air Navigation Service Providers and Civil Aviation Authorities.”
About Terra Drone Corporation
Established in 2016, Terra Drone Corporation has quickly become one of the world’s largest industrial drone solution companies employing over 550 drone industry professionals. The company’s head office is located in Tokyo, Japan, with branches spread globally throughout Asia, Europe, the Americas, Africa, and Oceania. Terra Drone provides innovative enterprise drone services for oil and gas, utilities, renewables, mining, construction, and GIS sectors, among others.
In addition to Unifly, Terra Drone’s other previous investments C-Astral, which develops high-endurance fixed-wing UAVs; RoNik Inspectioneering, which provides wireless inspection services for confined spaces; and Ventus Geospatial, which has patented gas leak detection technology. Going forward, Terra Drone will continue to invest in technology companies with cutting-edge solutions for drones. For all the latest news and information about Terra Drone, visit the company’s LinkedIn and Twitter handles.
About NAV CANADA
NAV CANADA is a private, not-for-profit company, established in 1996, providing air traffic control, airport advisory services, weather briefings, and aeronautical information services for more than 18 million square kilometers of Canadian domestic and international airspace. The Company is internationally recognized for its safety record and technology innovation. Air traffic management systems developed by NAV CANADA are used by air navigation service providers in countries worldwide.
Unifly’s mission is to create a digital environment that helps stimulate the drone market while safeguarding the safety of the airspace. Unifly is a leading supplier of Unmanned Traffic Management (UTM) solutions, connecting authorities and operators to safely integrate RPAS into the airspace. Founded by former Air Traffic Controllers, the company has operations worldwide and offices in Europe, North America, and South America.
Unifly created a global ecosystem of partners composed of international, national, and local authorities, airports, technology providers, standard development organizations, research groups, and academic institutions. The Unifly UTM portfolio is designed as a highly scalable, cloud-based solution supporting all stakeholders.