skeyes uses CNS drone developed by Skyguide

The Belgian air navigation service provider skeyes will in future rely on a CNS (Communication, Navigation, Surveillance) drone specially developed by its Swiss counterpart Skyguide to check the performance of navigation aids. The use of this drone will lead to improved measurement procedures and help reduce emissions. Developed by Skyguide engineers, the CNS drone provides more accurate results by picking up signals from the air, which are then monitored and verified from the ground using built-in software. The drone has been successfully deployed at Geneva and Zurich airports since 2018, where it is helping to reduce the number of flight checks, lower maintenance costs and minimize noise.

skeyes is Skyguide's first customer for the CNS drone in Europe. The agreed services also include training services for skeyes drone pilots and metrology technicians. The drone is expected to significantly improve the maintenance of navigation aids such as Instrument Landing Systems (ILS) and Very High-Frequency (VHF) Omnidirectional Range (VOR) systems by providing more accurate, real-time surveillance. In addition, the drone uses Real Time Kinematics (RTK) to monitor GPS signals to provide highly accurate time and location stamps while flying predefined flight paths to measure normal and alarm conditions.

Dominique Dehaene

skeyes - Communication Manager & Spokesperson

Skyguide Swiss air navigation services ltd Media Relations


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skeyes ensures the safety and efficiency of air traffic in Belgium 24/7. The skeyes air traffic controllers manage over 3,000 aircraft every day, which makes up over a million flight movements per year. The autonomous public company is active at the heart of Europe, in one of the busiest and most complex sections of airspace of the continent. skeyes is active at Brussels Airport and at the airports of Antwerp, Charleroi, Kortrijk, Liège and Ostend. Thanks to its CANAC 2 control centre skeyes manages the flight movements above Belgium and a part of Luxembourg up to an altitude of 7,500 metres (*). The company relies on its nearly 900 experienced staff members who are at the service of their customers: airline companies, airports, the aviation sector and the authorities. skeyes also develops innovating services regarding drones and contributes to a sustainable future of the aviation sector, among other things with respect to the environment.

skeyes is a member of FABEC, a joint airspace block (Belgium, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Germany, France and Switzerland) with the aim of improving air navigation efficiency in the heart of Europe in the framework of the Single European Sky.

(*) The upper airspace of the Benelux countries and North West Germany is managed jointly with the EUROCONTROL centre in Maastricht. 


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