Sky safety thanks to Blockchain

As UAV’s (commonly referred to as drones) have an ever-growing impact on our daily life and flying from one city to another is far less special than it was just thirty years ago, one topic seems to be avoided or simply forgotten about. With the increasing number of drones and aircrafts flying across our skies, air traffic immediately grows denser. Thus, the potential for crashes and air mishaps inevitably increases. Unfortunately, this does not remain a plain theory but has been proven on several occasions over the last few years. While drones are equipped with most recent technologies, aircrafts are usually old, meaning large parts or the entire instrumentation is at least 30 years old. The safety procedures and systems that worked in the past must now be dismissed and, a new, complete and systematic integration of drones into a solution for the safe execution of air traffic must be developed.

However, as drone technology further evolves and fully autonomous flying is in its last stages of development, more problems appear, and a solution is still not found. Aside from drones shutting down entire airports, “the Independent” reported (21st December 2018) more than 100 near misses between drones and aircrafts in the UK in 2018. Just how great the impact of such a collision would be was demonstrated in a video from the University of Dayton. The lack of communication between drones and aircrafts or towers could end disastrously.

Especially with the expected duplication of air traffic density by 2035, the aviation industry is in immediate need for a rebuild of the entire safety structure. However, commercial aviation is only one part of the equation. When it comes to General Aviation the matter is a bit more complicated. While commercial airliners are often equipped with more advanced technologies, private planes are fully functional, but the information technology is often outdated. In-flight information systems are expensive as they usually rely on satellite communication, thus, collision prevention databases like ADS-B and FLARM remain unused in General Aviation. But safety should not be a luxury!

Therefore, two pilots from Berlin, Germany designed a modern networking solution that covers the entirety of air traffic to make important safety features more affordable. They developed a portable hardware concept and a free, online planning and navigation tool (also available as an app for Android and iOS). Their small, lightweight and portable box successfully combines navigation, in-flight weather data, monitoring & tracking, 2-way communication and collision avoidance. Their combination of both satellite-based data transmission and the use of the cellular network makes in-flight data more inexpensive. Moreover, due to the boxes light weight and small and portable concept it also easily fits a drone.

The sky[nav]pro™ solution were tested by several flight schools and private pilots during more than 10,000 flight hours. Their free online planning and navigation tool has already registered more than 25,000 executed flight plans. In addition to that, sky[nav]pro™ has been represented at several of the most important trade fairs for General Aviation.

The next and most logical step is to use blockchain technology to embed the "SKYNP Token" specially created for this purpose as a payment method across the sky[nav]pro™ eco-system landscape.

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