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09 February 2016

CAMCOPTER S-100 Successfully Flies Detect and Avoid System

Schiebel and the Netherlands Aerospace Centre (NLR), the Netherlands Coast Guard (NLCG), and the Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) conducted a series of successful flights with a newly developed airborne Detect and Avoid System (DAAS) at the airport of Den Helder in December 2015. This AIRICA project (ATM Innovative RPAS Integration for Coastguard Applications) marks a major step forward in the process of safe integration of RPAS (Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems) into all classes of airspace.

CAMCOPTER S-100 during AIRICA project trials. (Photo: Schiebel)

During a special demonstration held at De Kooy Airfield in Den Helder, Schiebel provided its unmanned helicopter, the CAMCOPTER S-100, onto which the NLR developed AirScout DAAS was installed. The NLCG provided a RUAG Dornier Do-228 as “intruder” and the RNLAF contributed with an ALOUETTE helicopter as “intruder,” and provided Air Traffic Control services.

Several scenarios were successfully 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 RPAS into the airspace for NLCG´s applications – was effectively demonstrated during the flights.

"In the future we hope to use unmanned systems for our search and rescue operations," Edwin van der Pol, Head of Operations Kustwacht (NLCG), said. "These trials are important to achieve regulations for bringing RPAS into non-segregated airspace.”

"This demonstration is another positive step towards unmanned air systems gaining access to a broader range of airspace," Chris Day, Head of Capability Engineering at Schiebel, boasted.