DroneRadar 2. User manual.

Terms glossary (please get familiar with these basic terms before using the application)

Frequently asked questions are are in the FAQ tab of the menu.

DRAP - Drone Airspace Prohibited – U-space prohibited zone
DRAI - Drone Airspace Restriction – U-space informational zone
DRAR – Drone Airspace Restriction – U-space restricted zone
CDDLC – Controller Drone Data Link Communication – non-verbal, bidirectional communication. This function allows for receiving instructions, accepting them and sending messages to ATS services.
AMSL – Above Mean Sea Level
AGL – Above Ground Level
dFPL – Drone Flight Plan
„G” class airspace – in simplified terms, this is airspace where all users, manned and unmanned fly according to the “see and be seen” rule. The operator has absolute responsibility to give right of way to all manned aircraft and to fly in a way that does not cause getting near to any other aircraft. For most of the volume of such airspace information on restrictions is provided by FIS services. It should be noted that other airspace structures can be found in G class airspace such as, for example, an active ATZ zone (around airfields), where flight rules will be established by the entity managing this airspace such as the owner or manager of the airfield. Contact information for such entities are provided in the application with, in some cases, information on what conditions have to be met to perform a flight.
Controlled airspace CTR, MCTR – this is airspace where manned and unmanned aircraft alike are ruled by an airspace Controller (ATC). Without clearance from the Controller no flights may be performed, except for situations enumerated in current aviation legislation such as flying a drone under 600g of weight no higher than 30m or to the height of the highest obstacle 1km from the airfield perimeter. All exceptions have been implemented in the application and all situations where clearance from the controller is not required check-in will be allowed immediately. The operator has absolute responsibility to give right of way to all manned aircraft and to fly in a way that does not cause getting near to any other aircraft.

What is the DroneRadar app?

Thanks you for downloading and opening the application. DroneRadar is a mobile application that informs you about the possibility of legally performing a flight in a certain place at a dertain time. The application also allows for registering a flight by performing a so called “check-in”

DroneRadar is connected to the PansaUTM system, a platform that co-ordinates Unmanned Aerial Vehicle flight in Polish airspace.

In its Basic version, DroneRadar is free. The paid Premium version has enhanced user functionality such as the possibility to check airspace availability anywhere on the map. From a safety perspective, the free version has and displays all necessary data to perform a mission as the Premium version. The basic application allows you to plan and perform a mission with the same level of safety as the Premium one.

The DroneRadar application is available for the following operating systems:
iOS
Android

DroneRadar functionality:

  • Access to and visualization of airspace data from AIP, AIP Supplement
  • Access to and visualization of airspace data from NOTAM
  • Integrated AUP data I (FUA support - Flexible Use of Airspace) through the WebCAT system
  • Visualization of geographic zones (buildings, national parks etc.)
  • Implementation of aeronauyical data, U-Space data and local regulations by means of the DroneRadar indicator. Three lamps clearly show the possibility of performing a flight:
    Green – no restrictions,
    Orange – restrictions present (shown in tab)
    Red – flight prohibited (Information on how to obtain clearance in info tab).
  • Access to and visualisation of U-space data (additional information, unofficial as of time of writing this manual, belonging to the U-space data category): DRAI, DRAP DRAR.
  • 4D data management by interpreting 3D data with time constraints.
  • Bidirectional, non-verbal data management between ATS and the operator (CDDLC – Controller Drone Data Link Communication).
  • Access to elevation data for AMSL calculation.
  • Access to Kp-index data (Global Geomagnetic Storm Index).
  • Marking flight point by registering flight (check-in) by users not registered in the PansaUTM system where registration is not required by law (eg. Class G airspace with no airspace structures). User identity is confirmed by SMS.
  • Marking flight location by registering flight (check-in) by users registered in the PansaUTM system
  • Marking flight location and associating it with an earlier defined mission in PansaUTM.

Using the application for the first time

The application can be downloaded in any country, excluding countries not supported because of formal or legal reasons by the operator of the respective stores (App Store, Google Play) or the Government of Poland.

What will appear on the screen after the application is launched and what consents do you have to approve ?

Basic user manual
Confirmation of receiving notifications
Request for localizations access
Prośba o akceptację Noty prawnej

Attention! Pierwsze trzy zdarzenia mogą pojawić się w dowolnej kolejności

Attention! Extremely important. When you use the DroneRadar application you may, at any moment, receive instructions from ATS services (CDDLC, bidirectional non-verbal communications) in the form of a notification. Instructions received in this manner have to be executed immediately for your and other airspace user’s safety.

For the bidirectional non-verbal communications (CDDLC) functionality to work correctly it is necessary for your mobile device to have native notification delivery processing on. In the case that you accidentally turn of the delivery of notifications you can turn notifications in the system menu of your device. During the first launch of the application you will be asked to agree to receiving applications. Please agree.

Attention! Extremely important. For the check-in functionality to work correctly, it is necessary for your mobile device to enable access to device positioning. In the case that you accidentally turn of the delivery of notifications you can turn notifications in the system menu of your device. During the first launch of the application you will be asked to agree to receiving applications. Please agree. On Android devices there is an additional possibility to select the precision and speed of positioning. Selecting fast positioning, which is calculated from sources known to the device (GSM network, WiFi network) can be imprecise. In case you are not sure of the precision of positioning on your device, finding a clear area and waiting for a precise positioning is recommended.*

Before the DroneRadar application can be used, the user must confirm that the Disclaimer Note has been read and understood. The disclaimer Note contains information on the responsibilities of the application developer and how personal information is gathered and shared (GDPR/RODO).

Application users

To use the application the user has to register. Without registration the application will only display a restrictions map. No check-in can be submitted.

Attention! Extremely important. Providing your phone number, where you will be available while performing your mission will assure that you can be contacted in an emergency situation. You should not be reluctant to do so. Providing your true data is the responsible, mature and aware thing to do.

The DroneRadar application provides service to two types of users:

  1. Registered DroneRadar users (not registered in PansaUTM)
  2. Registered PansaUTM users

Why is registration in PansaUTM not mandatory ? There are areas in G class airspace where you do not need clearance to perform your mission. However, taking into account that airspace has many users (gliders, paraglides, GA aircraft), registering your flight with the application serves the purpose of increasing the situational awareness of others.

Identity confirmation

Users NOT REGISTERED with PansaUTM

Every user launching the application with the intent of registering a flight (performing a check-in) is required to confirm his identity. If you are not a registered PansaUTM user you will be requested to provide a telephone number where a confirmation SMS will be sent. The content of the SMS should be inputted in the appropriate field of the application.

Users REGISTERED with PansaUTM

If you are a PansaUTM user, after providing your telephone numer, you will be asked to input PansaUTM login data (username or email) so that you can be logged to the DroneRadar application with PansaUTM credentials.

PansaUTM registration is available here: https://utm.pansa.pl

The graph below shows the types of users and login methods

Understanding the DroneRadar indicator

The DroneRadar indicator is an integral part of the application and is placed in the top part of the screen. With the help of three lamps it informs about the possibility of performing a flight in a designated location at a given time and at a given altitude.

Attention! Airspace structures are dynamic. They can change in time and at a given location. New zones can appear at any time and in any location. The operator of the UAV is responsible to familiarize himself with all restrictions which are in effect. It is therefore normal that the indicator will show a green light in the morning and a red light in the afternoon for the same location.

Zone information

Clicking the indicator opens a window with further information about local restrictions, their meaning and significance for the evaluation if a flight is possible.

Declaring your flight altitude and weight category

The DroneRadar application automatically calculates the above mean sea level altitude (AMSL) from the declared above ground level (AGL) flight altitude in order to position the UAV relative to aeronautical airspaces whose altitudes are always given AMSL.

You can declare the flight altitude and weight category of your UAV (< 600gr / <25kg i < 600gr / > 25kg) by clicking the tabs in the right top corner of the screen.

Manu and other settings

Application settings, changing operator data and login change, help and FAQ can be accessed by clicking the "three lines" button located in the top left corner of the screen in map mode.

Registering flight location (Checkin)

You can check-in a flight only in the location that you are present, based on GPS location supplied by your device. There are two possible scenarios, described below.

Registering a flight where no dFPL flight plan is mandatory, by a user not registered with Pansa UTM.

There are areas where no flight plan has to be submitted. If a flight plan is mandatory, you will be informed by the application.

Registering a flight where a dFPL flight plan is mandatory.

Where filing a flight plan in PansaUTM is mandatory for a given location, time and declared altitude, the user will be informed by the application after attempting to register the flight:
In this situation you should register, or if already registered login to, PansaUTM (https://utm.pansa.pl) and create a dFPL mission (file a flight plan). Next login to the DroneRadar application with PansaUTM credentials. After receiving flight plan clearance acceptance for the flight select your accepted flight plan in the application.

Registered flights (checked-in)

Your registered (checked-in) is presented as an drone icon which can have several different colours. The colours refer to different states of your flight and are presented below:

Bidirectional, non-verbal communication CDDLC

Communicating with ATS services by the bidirectional, non-verbal communication features provided by the application is extremely relevant to air traffic safety. The immediate execution of instructions given by ATC or FIS services is mandatory and is in the best interest of the UAV operator.

In case that you lose internet connectivity you can always contact to the entity governing the airspace that you are in by telephone. Do not hesitate to do so in such a situation. Contact information is provided in the tab with airspace description.

The UAV operator can receive instructions from air traffic services via native notifications or directly in the application. Possible communications scenarios are depicted below:

Reporting losing control of an UAV

In a situation where the operator loses control of the UAV, this can be reported in the following manner:

Don't be afraid to admit that you loose your Drone during flight. It may happen. Especially, if the flight was carried out near a controlled airport, you can expect a phone to provide answers to the following questions: what was the drone, how much battery was left, whether the drone had modifications, etc.

Receiving an immediate landing order

Air traffic services may issue unconditional landing or unconditional leave zone orders. Depicted below are possible instructions received and the correct procedure in executing them:

Supported languages

DroneRadar, as of the time of writing is available in the Polish and English language. The default language is determined by the operating system language setting on your mobile device. If any other language is set then the ones mentioned, the application will set English as the default language.

Assistance

Assistance for the DroneRadar application is provided by Droneradar Sp. z o.o. Questions and problems should be reported to: info@droneradar.eu