(Yicai Global) Nov. 21 -- Northern China's first test flight base for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), or drones, opened yesterday in the Tianjin Economic-Technological Development Area, filling a void in the regional industry, improving drone safety and forming a cluster of smart equipment in the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region.
Tianjin TEDA Science & Technology Development Group, Citic Offshore Helicopter Co. and EFY Intelligent Control Tianjin Technology Co. united to build the flight base, Tianjin Daily reported.
Within the trio, TEDA is responsible for making arrangements and compiling requirements for companies who wish to conduct test flights. They will pass feedback on to Citic Offshore Helicopter, who will then take charge of preparing the test flight site, writing weekly reports and handling applications to use the airspace. EFY Tech will use its technical strengths and 'Best Intelligent Cloud,' the largest platform for commercial drones in China, to provide support and services, including location management during test flights, designing flight paths and post-test data analysis.
"The UAV industry in North China plays an important role nationwide, but it's difficult for companies to apply for airspace to conduct test flights," said Qi Juntong, chairman and chief executive of EFY Tech. "Regulation results in a disjointed gap in the test of cutting-edge technologies and severely limits the gathering of the unmanned equipment industries.
"The test flight base will use Tanggu Airport as its main site for takeoff and landing, with a flight area of nearly 100 square kilometers," he added.
"We can currently observe test flight conditions in each of the base's regions through Best Intelligent Cloud, and set up mechanisms to notify the military, civil aviation departments and local public security bureaus of tests, thus achieving real-time data exchange," Qi continued. "In future, drone research and development teams, and even enthusiasts, will be able to take their UAVs along to carry out test flights, so long as they reserve the airspace and ground equipment using the base's WeChat account and pass the approval process."