Port of Antwerp Becomes First Non-Aviation Authority in the World that Can Grant Approvals for Flying UAVs in Controlled Airspace

Zacc Dukowitz

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The Port of Antwerp in Antwerpen, Belgium recently announced plans to implement its own Unmanned Traffic Management (UTM) system.

The big news is that its UTM system will be overseen by the port and not by the Belgian Civil Aviation Authority.


In general, flying in the port’s airspace requires permission from the Belgian Civil Aviation Authority, since it is considered a no-fly zone (i.e., controlled airspace).

But with the implementation of its new UTM system, the Port of Antwerp will be able to grant these permissions itself, making it the first non-aviation authority in the world to be what, under E.U. drone regulations, is called a geozone manager.

Read today's post to learn more about what it means for the Port of Antwerp to be made a geozone manager, and how the port plans to use drones in its daily work.

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