Schiebel Elektronische Geraete and the Netherlands Aerospace Centre (NLR), the Netherlands Coastguard and the Royal Netherlands Air Force conducted a series of flights with a newly developed airborne Detect and Avoid System at the airport of Den Helder in December 2015.
The AIRICA (ATM Innovative RPAS Integration for Coastguard Applications) project marks a major step forward in the process of safe integration of unmanned aircraft into all classes of airspace.
During a special demonstration held at De Kooy Airfield in Den Helder, Schiebel Elektronische Geraete provided it´s unmanned helicopter, the CAMCOPTER S-100, onto which the NLR developed AirScout Detect and Avoid System was installed. The Netherlands Coastguard provided a Dornier Do-228 aircraft as “intruder” and the Royal Netherlands Air Force contributed with an Alouette III helicopter as “intruder”, and provided the Air Traffic Control services.
Several scenarios were executed where the CAMCOPTER S-100 “unexpectedly” encountered an intruder aircraft. The system then determined in real time the corrective action to ensure the necessary separation from the intruder aircraft.
The AIRICA project is funded through the European SESAR programme (part of the Single European Sky initiative) and the key focus – integration of an unmanned aircraft into the airspace for Netherlands Coast Guard´s applications – was demonstrated during the flights.