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D-flight provides the accredited user with a set of products aimed at the safe use of UAS vehicles and fleets within the various operating scenarios. The set of services is designed to guarantee the user levels of automation and ease of use in accordance with the typical characteristics of the UAS sector.

Visitors accessing the portal of d-flight can freely consult the information collected within the different sections of the site and read up on the flight of UAS, their use, standard scenarios and applicable rules. Moreover, d-flight provides the following free services to the public:

  • Map visualization to identify accessible zones
  • Weather Service (work in progress)

By registering to the UTM platform from d-flight, the user is able to access the following services, depending on the subscription:

SERVIZIO Utente BASE Utente PRO
Maps          X          X
Registration          X          X
Identification          X          X
QR Code BASE          X          X
QR Code PRO          -          X
Declaration          -          X
Drone Operation Area          X          X
Mobile App*          X          X
Mission Planning*          -          X
Tracking*          X          X
GNSS RT Monitoring*          -          X

* Work in progress – soon available on d-flight

Many other services will be progressively made available to registered users, in line with the roadmap of  (https://www.sesarju.eu/U-space)

1.Maps

With the maps of this version of d-flight, the process of geo-referenced representation of the "Air Rules" applicable in Italy to support geo-awarness continues, based on the current legislation issued by ENAC portal, in particular the SAPR Regulation and ATM-09 Circular, for the professional and recreational use of remotely piloted vehicles. On d-flight a summary thematic map is now available which indicates the air rules for air space below 120 meters, in relation to the following elements:

Cartographic Elements Data Source Status on July 2109
d-flight march 2020
Airports and civil heliports (IFR e VFR) AIP ITALIA AD.2 ON
Military airports for civil use CIRCOLARE ATM09 allegato f ON
eliavioidro authorized surfaces DB ENAC elaborati ON
ATZ e CTR, where established AIP ITALIA AD.2 ON
Military airports Dati AMI elaborati allegato A ON
Regulated AirSpace for the activities of:
Skydiver launch ;
Acrobatic Flight;
Aeroclub and aerial work;
Sports Recreational Flight.
AIP ITALIA:
ENR 5.5.1,
ENR 5.5.2,
ENR 5.5.3,
ENR 5.5.4
ON
Prohibited areas (P) AIP ITALIA ENR 5.1.1 ON
Regulated areas ( R) AIP ITALIA ENR 5.1.2 ON
Dangerous areas (D) AIP ITALIA ENR 5.1.3 ON
Military firing ranges AIP ITALIA ENR 5.2.1 ON
Dedicated areas to military APR AIP ITALIA ENR 5.2.2.5 ON
Low-altitude military activity areas AIP ITALIA ENR 5.2.2.6 ON
Dedicated areas Dati AMI ENR 5.2.2.6.3 (MIL AIP) ON
Natural parks and areas subject to wildlife protection AIP ITALIA ENR 5.6.1 ON

How to consult the Air Rules

Depending on the position of the cursor on the map, clicking with the right button of the mouse (or tapping on the screen on the interested point and selecting the icon info (i) on mobile devices) the information concerning the overlying air space will appear. In case of overlapping of different rules, the most restrictive is applied. Pop-up appears by clicking on the map with the mouse and it states:

  • Maximum height allowed
  • Air rule, specific for the selected point
  • In Interested Areas the identification data are shown to facilitate the User in the eventual request for authorization to fly on that specific area. Below is the navigable list of all the other areas that are intersected by the selected point that can be used for detailed analysis by expert users.

Regulatory sources

d-flight user is required to know the basic regulatory documents, such as:

  • Regulation (UE) n. 923/2012 (SERA);
  • ENAC Regulation “Mezzi Aerei a Pilotaggio Remoto”;
  • ENAC Regulation “Regole dell’Aria Italia” (RAIT);
  • ENAC Regulation “Servizi di Traffico Aereo”.

The entire list of sources can be consulted on the ENAC website at the link https://www.enac.gov.it/sicurezza-aerea/droni/normativa-droni

It is also good practice to consult the documents published by ENAV in AIP Italia, where you can access for free after a simple registration. In fact, the current version of the Flight Maps does not yet report in a timely manner (ie in the active pop-up by clicking on the map), the calendar indications (times and days ) that in some cases allow the flight, as for example specified in ENR 5.6.1 "Natural parks and areas subject to wildlife protection". To know these details, for now it is necessary to consult the specific ENR document of reference. To access the AIP cartography it is necessary to consult the site ENAV at the address https://www.enav.it/sites/private/it/ServiziOnline/AIP.html

Ban on flying over gatherings:

Flying over gathered people for processions, sporting events or inherent forms of entertainment or in any case areas where unusual concentrations of people occur is prohibited. The aforementioned rule also applies to operations conducted in enclosed spaces.

Before using a drone it is important to inform yourself and understand the current civil aviation regulations, even if the flight is for recreational purposes. It is the responsibility of the operator to ensure that flight takes place safely and in compliance with regulations. Careful observation of the context in which it is intended to fly and the exact knowledge of meteorological and geomagnetic conditions, ensures that the use of the drone does not constitute a danger for oneself and others. d-flight assumes no responsibility with regard to non-compliance with applicable laws and improper use of drones.

2. Maps and Layers for PRO Users

On d-flight, in addition to Maps which are accessible to all registered users, the following maps and added value layers are instead available to PRO users only:

 Maps 

  • 'Aerial' - This map shows orthophotos: geometrically correct and geo-referenced aerial photographs, so that the scale of representation of the photograph is uniform. The map can be considered equivalent to a geographical map
  • 'Road' - This map that displays vectorial images of roads, buildings and geography in a graphic manner. The map can be considered equivalent to a political map.
  • 'Aerial Street' - This Aerial map highlights streets and main landmarks for easy identification of places through satellite images (in addition to the openstreetmap, already available on d-flight)
  •   'Dark' - Map optimized for night viewing

'Aerial', 'Road', 'Aerial Street', 'Dark' Maps include Google Bing data (the data from which the default road map is rendered is licensed by Navteq) and will allow PRO Operators to analyze in more detail the area of ​​operations.

Activation

To activate Maps, open the Map Selection Panel [Pic. 1] and click on the desired Map.

PICTURE 1

Layers

  •   'Land use' - includes information relating to the environment on some priority issues for the European Union (air, water, soil, land cover, coastal erosion, biotopes, etc.)
  •  'Census' - includes information on the number of inhabitants by census section

The 'Land use' layer includes data provided by the CORINE 2018 project (a European program launched in 1985 by the European Commission) and will allow PRO Operators to carry out a preliminary analysis of the ground risk for the preparation of the SORA.

The 'Census' layer includes the ISTAT data from the 2011 census and will allow PRO Operators to carry out a preliminary analysis of the ground risk for the preparation of the SORA

To activate the Land Use and Census layers, click on the 'Show Layers' button and select the 'Soil' and / or 'Census' layer [Fig. 2]. NB. The 'Land Use' and 'Census' layers are visible when the zoom is equal to or greater than 1: 20,000 (Land Use) or 1: 50,000 (Census)

PICTURE 2

Per il tutorial sulla fruizione delle Mappe e Layer per utenti PRO, see the video.

3. Registration

The registration procedure allows users interested in the use of drones to be accredited on the d-flight portal for access to services reserved for both recreational and professional operators. The registration procedure takes place by checking the main email linked to the user's profile. The users accredited on the portal will be able to access other services, already available or that will be progressively released in the coming months.

Account management includes:

  • Visualization and interrogation of the Aeronautical Maps with the regulated areas for the drones flight
  • Display and query of temporary airspace reserves
  • Navigating the map with usual WebGIS tools
  • Creation, modification and cancellation of temporary airspace reserves. This service is reserved for users with particular "authority" credentials; this service allows the authorities to graphically identify temporarily reserved areas (No Fly Zone) in which the use of drones for recreational or professional use is temporarily forbidden. In these areas, however, drones may be used for public utility services, emergency management or civil protection interventions.
  • Profile management: Authenticated users are able to easily manage their personal information and flight qualification, qualifications and licenses, in order to place their skills within a "Virtual Curriculum"
  • Fleet management: Users can modify the data associated with their drones, with the exception of intrinsic features such as: brand, model, serial number and configuration. The operator may also make a drone available to another user (temporary assignment)
  • QR Code Release: The use of the SAPRs in critical and non-critical operations requires, as a general requirement, the identification of the aircraft and the ground station by means of a special plate, showing the identification data of the system, of the operator and of the owner (if distinct from the operator).
    During the registration, the UTM system will generate the above-mentioned plate in the form of a QR-code which the user must print and fix to the SAPR before making any type of flight, in compliance with the ENAC Regulation (cf. Regulations)

4. Registration for PA

In case of registration as a "Public Administration":

  • methods of payment for the services, in addition to credit cards, include bank transfers (IBAN: D-Flight Spa, Banca Intesa SanPaolo IT77W0306903390100000002200);
  • invoice will be issued in "split payment" mode.

The e-mail supportopa@d-flight.it dedicated to Public Administration is also active for:

  • issue of a quote / quote order, invoice in advance of the transfer, or any supporting documentation (e.g. internal order, DURC, traceability of financial flows, etc.);


N.B. Support requests addressed by the user to said mailbox, unless related to the P.A. will not be considered, in such cases, please contact d-flight through the form available at the link https://www.d-flight.it/new_portal/contatti/

5. Identification

 

The service allows the authority or the private citizen to know some data concerning the vehicle, its operator and its owner, through the d-flight platform. For private citizens, reading a QR-Code, through the reader on d-flight platform, gives access to the information of validity (or not) of the code. While reading the code through a common reader, gives back the license number of the RPA and a link that can be pasted in the web-app to have info on the validity of the code.

For authorities, reading a QR-Code will give access to the information related to the vehicle, its use and the relevant data of the operator and the owner (if different from the operator). In any case, the privacy of d-flight users is protected, in compliance with current regulations.

6. QR-Code

The QR-Code is a unique identification code, which represents the association between the operator's registration number and a plate assigned to the SAPR. This QR-Code must be applied on the SAPR before its use. As specified in Article 8 of ENAC Regulation the following subjects are required to affix the QR-Code identification code to their SAPR, according to the timing defined in Article 37 of the same:
  • Operators of RPA used for professional purpose, independently by the RPA weight, starting from the 1st of March 2020
  • Operators/Owners of RPA used for recreational purpose and whose weight is equal or higher than 250g, starting from the 1st of July 2020
To obtain and activate the QR-Code, you must be registered as an operator on the d-flight portal. Here are the steps to take: First of all, you need to register on the d-flight portal. After the registration, upgrade your profile to RPAS operator on d-flight web-app, as reported on the user manual - section 1.5.4. Next, buy the QR-Code on d-flight web-app (you can find prices here). Prices are defined with, and approved by ENAC. Finally, activate the QR-Code on your RPAS following the user manual – section 1.7.4.

7. Declaration

As per Art. 10 and Art. 11 of the Regulation (cfr. Regulations) the Declaration of the mission is done by the RPAS Operator to ENAC in order to perform critical mission according to the standard scenarios defined by ENAC (cfr. Standard Scenarios)

The declaration can be done only if:

  • The payment of the required fee has been done to ENAC, on ENAC website, according to https://www.enac.gov.it/sicurezza-aerea/droni/fatturazione-droni
  • The upgrade as RPAS operator has been done
  • The annual fee for the usage of RPAS for Professional Purpose has been done
  • A QR-Code for Profession use has been activated
  • In the section "Account Detail" - all necessary information have been filled-up and all agreements have been flagged
  • In the 'Drone management' section - have at least one drone with QR-Code for SAPR in professional 'ready to fly' status, have flagged 'This drone is harmless'
  • Enter the required data on the entry page of the Declaration on the d-flight web-app

For authorities, reading a QR-Code will give access to the information related to the vehicle, its use and the relevant data of the operator and the owner (if different from the operator). In any case, the privacy of d-flight users is protected, in compliance with current regulations.

8. Drone Operation Area

 

The Drone Operation Area service for VLOS missions has a double meaning:

  • permette all’Operatore di verificare in modo rapido la compatibilità tra un’area di volo VLOS con le limitazioni nell’utilizzo dello spazio aereo
  • makes available the "missions" in progress, displayed anonymously on the map of the d-flight portal, to all accredited users.

The service is not mandatory, but it constitutes an important contribution to situation awareness regarding the flight area in which the user is interested, allowing him to find out if there are already active VLOS missions at the same time and in the same space.

All Operators in possession of an active QR Code associated with a drone in a 'ready to fly' status can access the Drone Operation Area creation and activation service.

create the Drone Operation Area in advance and save it, and then activate it at the time of flight;

  • creare la Drone Operation Area in anticipo e salvarla, per poi attivarla al momento del volo;

or

  • create and activate the Drone Operation Area directly on the mission site.

To activate the Drone Operation Area , it is necessary:

  1. activate geo-location on the device used (PC or smart-phone) and share the position with the browser;
  2. be fisically located within the >Drone Operation Area>;
  3. click on ‘activate’ in the Drone Operation Area menu.

Only upon activation, the Drone Operation Area will become visible on the map to all dflight users logged into the portal.

Only one Drone Operation Area can be active or saved at a time.

In detail, with this service the Operator draws on the map the area where he will want to carry out his VLOS mission . The mission can only be saved (and activated) if it respects the limitations in the use of airspace present in the area concerned.

The display by other users will be anonymous, as the system will not present any data concerning the user (including drone) who planned and activated the mission. The system will not display the exact position of the drone within the Drone Operation Area , and no alarm will be generated regarding the failure to respect the planned parameters. It will be the pilot's obligation to remain in the planned area, comply with and comply with the flight rules applied to the area of ​​interest.

At the end of the mission, the Operator will have to click "end" in the Drone Operation Area panel, and the area will no longer be visible to other users. If this is not done, the system will remove this area automatically after a time-out time from the start.

 

For the tutorial about the usage of the Drone Operation Area, see the video

9. Mobile app

 

Work in progress – soon available on d-flight

10. Mission Planning

 

Work in progress – soon available on d-flight

11. Tracking

 

Work in progress – soon available on d-flight

12. GNSS RT Monitoring

 

Work in progress – soon available on d-flight

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