NAV Canada has entered into an agreement with Unifly in a deployment of a national system that provides digital services for safely flying drones in Canadian airspace.
The system has an intuitive user interface and will 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 makes 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, as it reduces the risk of accidental drone incursions.
This is a move in the right direction as the increase in drone usage has caused a number of disruptions globally. Most notably the flying of a drone around the Gatwick airport airspace in 2018, which caused over 1000 flights to be cancelled or delayed.