Skyguide, the Swiss air navigation service provider, and AirMap have launched a digital flight planning and airspace authorization service for drones and other special flights (such as survey flights or parachute jumps). This deployment follows the development and testing of digital authorization capabilities as part of the Swiss U-Space rollout. Working with AirMap makes it easier and more efficient for Skyguide to process requests for flights in controlled airspace.

Unmanned aircraft system (UAS) operators throughout Switzerland can now submit online requests for authorization to fly in controlled airspace with an easy-to-use web application. Skyguide can process both single-click and multi step authorizations and issue digital exemptions.

When an operator submits an application for special use of airspace digitally, skyguide staff can view all the data on the location, timing and route of the proposed flight. All airspace rules, regulations and the corresponding sectional charts are available on a single platform. Thanks to this digital platform, inter-agency reviews and authorizations of flights can be issued in the future.

By using the new digital solution to coordinate and authorize special flights, Skyguide will be able to reduce the processing time for approvals, reduce the administrative burden of the Special Flights Office, and provide safe and efficient access to controlled airspace for USA operators and other special flights.

“The nationwide rollout of digital approval services has made it faster, safer and easier for UAS and other special flight operators to fly in controlled airspace without increasing air traffic control workload,” says Robert Fraefel, U-Space project manager at Skyguide. “U-Space technology allows our team to continue to safely handle the growing drone traffic in addition to other special flights.”

“Skyguide’s successful deployment of digital authorizations shows how AirMap helps airspace authorities solve drone integration pain points,” says Simon Crowther, AirMap CEO.

The AirMap UTM platform is modular and designed to complement existing air traffic control and authority infrastructure to meet the needs of secure drone integration.

More information:
U-Space Skyguide
Web application for special flight requests at Skyguide

About Skyguide
Skyguide provides air navigation services for Switzerland and certain adjacent parts of neighbouring countries. With its 1,500 employees at 14 locations in Switzerland, the company guided in 2020 around 0.5 million (previously around 1.3 million) civil and military flights safely and efficiently through Europe’s busiest airspace. Skyguide is well integrated into the international air navigation services community and, with its innovative and customer-minded solutions, helps enhance Switzerland’s appeal as a place to live, work and do business. The company is majority-owned by the Swiss Confederation, and is headquartered in Geneva.

About AirMap
AirMap is the leading digital airspace and automation company serving the drone economy. Airspace authorities and enterprises rely on the AirMap platform to safely operate drones in low altitude airspace and deliver critical business insights. AirMap offers best-in-class mission planning, flight and capture, and dataflow automation solutions to enterprises and third-party solution providers, who can connect their applications to AirMap’s open developer platform. AirMap’s UTM and U-space products are deployed in the Czech Republic, Japan, Singapore, Switzerland, the United States, and available in over 30 countries. The company serves a global community of over 300,000 operators and 3,000 registered developers. AirMap is committed to advancing Urban Air Mobility (UAM) through ongoing standards development work, global research initiatives, and industry collaboration. Learn more at