With the further enhancement of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and air taxis in the rapidly growing drone market comes the need for the evolution of technologies and framework conditions for their safe coexistence with manned aircraft. The SESAR JU project “GOF 2.0 Integrated Urban Airspace Validation”, with a consortium of 13 members, will focus on the safe, secure, and sustainable integration of unmanned aerial vehicle and air taxi operations in urban airspace and kicked-off at the end of January.
Due to the COVID19 pandemic, air traffic has decreased significantly in our area of responsibility (Tallinn FIR). At the deepest point of the crisis, traffic was -85% compared to the previous year. Until the beginning of September, the recovery continued slowly but steadily, reaching -57% compared to 2019.
Only 16 000 fans will be able to watch the rally due to corona virus spread, others will have to rely on live camera footage, which will be broadcast from helicopters in air, cameras on the ground and in competition cars. World-class video broadcast is not the only reason nearly 20 aircraft can be seen circling above the rally tracks.