Port of Antwerp receives final go-ahead for drone network


Port of Antwerp-Bruges and its partners Dronematrix, Skeydrone and Proximus have been given the green light to operate BVLOS (Beyond Visual Line of Sight) automated drone flights on a daily basis in the Antwerp port area, a first in the world.

The approval was underlined by the visit of key representatives of European and national regulatory authorities related to drone aviation (EASA, Eurocontrol, FPS Mobility and Transport, Skeyes, DGLV). During this visit they witnessed the first authorised flight of a BVLOS drone near the Kieldrecht lock, operated from a Command & Control Center located in the center of the port.

The operational authorisation is built around a new BVLOS framework (also known as pre-Uspace airspace) built by Skeydrone and approved by BCAA (Belgian Civil Aviation Authority) and EASA (European Union Aviation Safety Agency) as a legitimate and safe framework for BVLOS flights.

With the approval of this framework, all is set for the port to fully operationalise the D-Hive network of automated drones in the next months.