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Switzerland Strives to Be Global Leader in Opening Skies for Drones


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A drone carries a Swiss Post box containing laboratory samples during a trial flight.

The Swiss government is working to develop a system to handle ever-increasing aerial drone traffic into its existing air traffic management.

Credit: Stefan Wermuth/Bloomberg News

The Swiss government is working to develop a system to handle ever-increasing aerial drone traffic, with the ultimate goal of allowing such unmanned aircraft to operate in more of the country's airspace.

Swiss officials are working with the local drone industry, as well as with U.S.-based drone services startup AirMap, to develop steps to move toward integrating manned and unmanned aircraft that can fly and safely exist in the same airspace.

Going forward, controllers at some sites will be able to track some drones on a dashboard next to their existing radar screens, and drone operators will have access to automated flight-plan approvals and updated data about nearby helicopters and piloted planes.

From The Wall Street Journal
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