Unmanned aircraft - commonly known as drones - have different technical characteristics and dimensions. Able to carry out disparate missions, they are now part of the daily life of professionals and amateurs
We are committed to ensuring EU standards for flying drones and providing all additional services to ensure the sustainable development of an expected rapidly growing market.
To regulate such a rapidly growing market, the European Parliament delegated the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) to draft the guidelines for a Regulation governing aircraft weighing less than 150 kg.
To provide the services to drone users provided for by EU and national legislation, following an agreement with ENAC, ENAV created the D-Flight platform.
Through D-Flight, ENAV aims to enable traditional air traffic to coexist with the needs of this new type of traffic, allowing the use of drones for an increasing number of services including public utilities while ensuring maximum safety levels.
The registration and identification of drones and their owners has been mandatory since January 2021, for which U-Space services will gradually become accessible through the D-Flight portal.
The initial services available through the portal are:
- Account registration and management: a procedure that enables users wanting to use drones to register on the portal for access to services reserved to both recreational and professional operators
- Consultation of no-fly zones: this enables members to view areas where drone flight is not permitted
- Drone tracking: real-time reception of a drone’s location in a central control room
- BVLOS (Beyond Visual Line of Sight) mission planning: this makes it possible to plan missions beyond the operator's line of sight, using the tracking functions and supporting the assessment of the safety of the proposed mission in relation to the possible interference it may cause
These services will make it possible to fully exploit the potential of aerial drones for a variety of highly important activities, such as infrastructure monitoring, inspections, photogrammetry, environmental surveys and many other market opportunities that will follow the technological implementation of remotely piloted vehicles.