Aeronavics Limited joins the Airspace Integration Trials Programme

Published: 10 May 2021

The Airspace Integration Trials Programme (AITP) is helping Aeronavics Limited to advance development of their drone technology, announced Dr Peter Crabtree, General Manager Science, Innovation and International at MBIE.

Aeronavics Ltd. is the fourth partner to join the Airspace Integration Trails Programme, which will enable the delivery of dedicated and controlled developmental testing, and evaluation of emerging advanced aviation technologies. The aim is to generate sufficient operational data to inform regulatory approval of Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) drone operations. Safe operations under BVLOS rules are a key barrier to the wide-scale adoption of drone technology here and overseas.

Linda Bulk, General Manager at Aeronavics Ltd. says, “we are excited to contribute to this collaboration which will facilitate a rapid advancement of the benefits automated drone technology can offer New Zealand.”  

“The technology we are currently working on is destined to support agricultural productivity and the general quality of life of farmers. Most importantly, this technology will help with the task of managing soil and water quality. Using drones, instead of people, in remote and steep environments will also reduce the alarming number of serious injuries and deaths on farms.”

“We’re excited to support the acceleration of Aeronavics Ltd.’s work, which will greatly benefit farmers through their futuristic take on the trusted farmer’s dog,” says Dr Peter Crabtree,

“This puts New Zealand at the forefront of solving some big challenges associated with full airspace integration. The AITP was established to facilitate the safe testing, development and market validation of advanced un-crewed aircraft, and to accelerate their integration into our aviation system,”

Aeronavics Ltd. are a Waikato based company and have been investing in and developing drone technology for over 10 years. They have worked across a variety of industry sectors, achieving many new firsts in the now burgeoning global drone market.

The AITP programme is administered by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment which establishes New Zealand as a location of choice for the safe development, testing and market validation of advanced unmanned aircraft. Aeronaics Ltd. joins Wisk New Zealand, Kea Aerospace and Envico Technologies as partners in the programme.

Read more about the Airspace Integration Trials Programme

Read more about Aeronavics Limited on their website(external link)

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