High Lander Aviation has been granted a license by the Civil Aviation Authority of Israel (CAAI) to oversee drone flights across Israel using its uncrewed traffic management solution, Vega UTM.
The “license to operate air traffic management units” was issued shortly after the regulator’s emergency directive stipulating that drones in Israel must continually transmit operational data to an approved UTM system. This decision by the Civil Aviation Authority of Israel (CAAI) represents the first instance where a UTM connection is a prerequisite for drone flight approval, and it marks the inaugural grant of legal authority to a UTM provider for delivering such services.
High Lander’s Vega UTM, a software-based solution, establishes control tower regions to monitor and showcase real-time aerial activity within these designated areas. The system autonomously evaluates and approves or denies flight plans based on prioritization protocols, offers suggestions for flight plan adjustments when necessary, and delivers operators timely notifications of pertinent airspace data. Offering a comprehensive, consolidated view of defined airspace, the system seamlessly integrates with counter-drone systems to provide non-cooperative target recognition (NCTR) services. This capability empowers national authorities, public safety services, and businesses to make well-informed decisions regarding airspace management. Drone operators can connect to Vega through three methods: utilizing a drone with built-in Remote-ID (such as DJI’s Mavic 3 Enterprise Series), affixing a Remote-ID transmitter to their drone, or linking through Orion DFM, High Lander’s drone fleet management solution.
“This is a significant milestone in the development of global aviation and we are extremely proud to be at the forefront,” said Alon Abelson, CEO and co-founder of High Lander. “The CAAI’s ruling is the beginning of a new era – we expect to see regulators worldwide following this lead and finally enabling uncrewed aviation to reach its full potential while maintaining safety.”
“We are very proud to see Vega UTM begin to fulfill the purpose for which it was designed – managing uncrewed aviation on a national scale,” said Ido Yahalomi, CTO and co-founder of High Lander. “The platform’s powerful monitoring, coordination and information sharing capabilities made it the perfect selection for the first recipient of this license, and we’re delighted to see its capabilities recognized by the national aviation regulator.”
Regulation 10916 from the CAAI, issued on November 23, 2023, explicitly prohibits the operation of any drone with a takeoff net weight of 200 grams or more in very low-level (VLL) airspace unless it is connected to an authorized Uncrewed Traffic Management (UTM) network and maintains continuous communication with said network. Specifically, the drone is required to transmit operational data, as defined by ASTM F3411-22a. This data encompasses essential information such as the drone’s serial number and time stamps and its location, altitude, velocity, and direction.
The CAAI regulation further stipulates that this operational data can be shared, upon request, with approved organizations such as the military, police, intelligence services, and other homeland security forces. (Press Release)
Post Image Credit: High Lander