Altitude Angel shortlisted for the first CANSO Award of Excellence in Air Traffic Management

June 5, 2019

Amsterdam, The Netherlands:  Altitude Angel, the world’s foremost UTM (unmanned traffic management) provider, has today been named as one of six shortlisted nominations, supported by ATM-partner Frequentis, for the first CANSO Award of Excellence in ATM for its ground-breaking integrated drone demonstration, Operation Zenith

The awards ceremony, which will be held on Tuesday, 18 June as part the CANSO Global ATM Summit and 23rd Annual General Meeting, will celebrate the excellent work and initiatives from CANSO Members.  Individually and together, they provide the best possible view of progress and success across the broad spectrum of ATM today. 

Six nominations out of 27 submitted made the short list.  Altitude Angel have subsequently been invited to give a 10-minute presentation in front of the CANSO judging jury on 18 June, ahead of the winner of the CANSO Award of Excellence in ATM being named later the same day.   

On being shortlisted for such a prestigious award, Richard Parker, Altitude Angel, CEO and Founder said:

“Operation Zenith was itself a huge undertaking, involving over 120 people from over 20 different partner companies. It was a true collaboration of industry, demonstrating major automated operations at a busy international airport, and I’m thrilled CANSO have recognised what we all achieved. 

“I would also like to congratulate our fellow ‘short-listers’ for the great work they are doing in pushing the boundaries of ATM and we’re looking forward to showcasing the success of Operation Zenith to the jury in Geneva later this month.” 

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Editors Notes 

Image, top, shows an air traffic controller at Manchester Airport air traffic control tower using GuardianUTM O/S to manage multiple, on and off-airfield drone operations.

For further information please contact:

Stephen Farmer, Altitude Angel, Head of Corporate Communications & PR
Tel: +44 (0)118 321 4100
[email protected]  

About Operation Zenith

With main partners NATS and Frequentis, plus over 20 delivery partners, Altitude Angel’s Operation Zenith brought together over 20 industry leaders through a ground-breaking collaborative effort, demonstrated under existing regulations a snapshot of future skies: mixed-mode operations in and around sensitive areas, featuring both VLOS and BVLOS automated flights fully integrated into Manchester Airport's daily operations. Over 120 people from the companies involved gave their time to prove the art of the possible, using Altitude Angel's GuardianUTM O/S. 

Partners who took part in Operation Zenith included Frequentis, uAvioni, DJI, Callen-Lenz, Catapult, University of Southampton, University of Manchester, The National Police Air Service, Consortiq, Vodafone, Dedrone and Heliguy. 

About the CANSO Award of Excellence in ATM:

The CANSO Award of Excellence in ATM is a new award, open to CANSO Members. It is a single one to be given annually on a topical subject chosen by the CANSO Executive Committee. The 2019 award is for success stories in ATM, judged against five key criteria: maturity (in operation, not just a concept or plan); proven, quantifiable benefits; extent of innovation; significance and broad application in ATM globally, not just a local, specific solution; and the extent of collaboration and partnership.

About Altitude Angel: 

Altitude Angel is an aviation technology company delivering solutions which enable the safer integration and use of fully automated drones into airspace. Through its Airspace Management platform, GuardianUTM O/S, they deliver the essential software platform which enable national deployments of USpace compatible services, safely unlocking the potential of drones and helping national aviation authorities and air navigation service providers to establish new services to support the growth in the drone industry.   

The foundation components of GuardianUTM O/S are also available to enable third-party UTM developers to incorporate enterprise-grade data and services into their UTM solutions.   

Altitude Angel was founded by Richard Parker in 2014 and is headquartered in Reading, UK.   

Altitude Angel’s developer platform is open and available to all at   

About GuardianUTM: 

GuardianUTM enables drone manufacturers and software developers to connect into a rich, dynamic source of accurate, authoritative and relevant information to support geofencing, while offering enhanced UTM capabilities such as a single interface to multi-country flight authorisation.  

The system is being deployed by NATS, the UK’s main air navigation service provider, and was demonstrated as part of ‘Operation Zenith’ in 2018, offering enhanced airport safeguarding and automated approvals to fly in controlled airspace. Altitude Angel is now bringing online functionality to enable drone pilots anywhere in the world to get 1-click access to controlled airspace.  

It’s companion product, GuardianUTM O/S, supports all the functionality required to deliver national-grade drone traffic management capabilities to any country that wishes to safely unlock the potential of drones.  

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CANSO – the Civil Air Navigation Services Organisation – is the global voice of air traffic management (ATM) worldwide. CANSO Members support almost 90 percent of world air traffic. Members share information and develop new policies, with the ultimate aim of improving air navigation services (ANS) on the ground and in the air. CANSO represents its Members’ views in major regulatory and industry forums, including at ICAO, where it has official Observer status. CANSO has an extensive network of Associate Members drawn from across the aviation industry.

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