German air navigation service provider DFS is the largest ANSP in Europe. DFS has chosen Unifly as their partner to develop their UTM system and infrastructure. The objective of the joint project is to use the Unifly UTM system to provide UTM services in Germany.
In July 2017 DFS launched the “DFS Drohnen” app: a mobile “Powered by Unifly” app informing recreational pilots where they are legally allowed to fly drones. The key UTM services provided by this mobile end user app are flight validation and flight monitoring. The “DFS Drohnen” app is made available for free by DFS on the iOS and Android app stores.
The mobile app is frequently updated to extend and improve the UTM features and services provided. In the next phase, UTM demonstrator projects are launched to demonstrate the use of LTE communication in lower airspace as a key functionality in the UTM system. DFS Deutsche Flugsicherung GmbH is a federally owned, private company with around 5,386 employees (as of December 31, 2017).