Implementation of U-Space in Belgium: Challenges & Opportunities
Hendrik-Jan Van Der Gucht is Innovation Manager at skeyes (previously known as Belgocontrol), the Belgian Air Navigation Services Provider (ANSP). After graduating as Civil Engineer at the Royal Military Academy in 2003, he performed a number of operational and management functions within the Belgian Air Force prior to moving to skeyes in 2010. He joined the management team of skeyes in 2014 as Head of Public Affairs, responsible for the company’s participation in the SES ATM Research programme and the establishment of several national and international strategic partnershjps. Since 2018, following the successful completion of an MBA at Vlerick Business School, he is leading skeyes’ team dealing with radical and transformational innovation studies and projects, which includes preparing the organisation to take up a role as Unmanned Traffic Management (UTM) service provider.
skeyes, the Belgian Air Navigation Services Provider, has since many years played a proactive and facilitating role to foster the emerging drones sector in Belgium. Through its participation in a multitude of UAS proof of concepts and U-space demonstrators and by implementing an initial UTM platform branded as ‘droneguide’, the company is preparing itself for a future role of UTM service provider. The implementation of U-space will bring both challenges and opportunities for the incumbent airspace manager, as will be explained in this presentation.