How Drone Traffic Will Co-Exist With Manned Airspace: SKYLINK UTM for BVLOS Success


  • Next step of the Energy UTM trials is proving the functionality of the UTM system created by AIRmarket, in conjunction with several key partners.
  • Transport Canada and NAV Canada are on site to actively review the services to support a simulated BVLOS flight. 

This week, AIRmarket is flying 200 km per day,  to prove BVLOS can be conducted using SKYLINK UTM services.  Key officials from Transport Canada and NAV Canada will be onsite at the AIRmarket flight operations centre to observe and evaluate this system.

A view of the ARTL03 in the air on Aug 21, 2022.

This is a significant next step included in the Energy UTM trials.  It is being conducted in alignment with the TC Energy Grand Rapids corridor, and leverages the TELUS cellular network and infrastructure. This showcases actual UTM services deployed within Canadian airspace.  AIRmarket is flying the ARTL03 (Cobalt 110) drone from Bruderheim AB to Boyle, AB, along the TC Energy Grand Rapids Pipeline Right of Way.

Screenshot of SKYLINK UTM system monitoring the progress of the ARTL03.

These flights are testing a digital conspicuity model in cooperation with Transport Canada and NAV Canada. Canada’s national regulators are present to inspect what will become a reality from a regulatory aspect: Proving cellular services for BVLOS flight operations. 

A screenshot of the SKYLINK UTM system showing all of the manned aircraft in the area.

This is a culmination of work that includes input and support from a variety of strategic  partners.  This includes Alberta Innovates, LookNorth, PTAC, TC Energy, TELUS, UAvionix, ASTRA, SIMNET, Drone Log Book, Transport Canada, NAV Canada, INVOLI,  and AltaML.

This establishes the foundation for commercial BVLOS flight operations in Alberta.

Stay tuned for future posts covering more information about the development of the UTM system. 

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