Skyroads is building Germany’s first automated flight test site


Skyroads has began equipping its automated flight test site at Augsburg Airport in southern Germany.

The Munich-based company’s project, co-funded by the state of Bavaria, is aimed at improving common data communication technologies in aviation. Which will allow Skyroads’ automated and interoperable flight control system to be used safely in metropolitan areas.

Corvin Huber, CEO of Skyroads, said: “The new test field is a milestone not only for us but for the entire field of Advanced Air Mobility. We will only see drones for transporting passengers and cargo in densely populated urban areas if we create open, automated and interoperable flight management systems for them. That’s what Augsburg is all about.”

Skyroads enables operators of ground infrastructure, vertiports as well as aircraft manufacturers to test their products at an early stage of development. Partners include Supernal, Flix, FlyNow Aviation, Horyzn, Blueflite and Manta Aircraft.

A visual representation of Skyroads’ automonous AAM system in action. (credit: Skyroads)

Maximilian Hartwig, MD, Augsburger Flughafen, said: “The establishment of Skyroads at the aviation location Augsburg marks the beginning of a new chapter of future mobility in aviation. The Augsburg Airport site offers ideal conditions for implementing such a flight test centre as a real laboratory. We warmly welcome our latest innovation partner, Skyroads, at their new home base.”

For Skyroads and Augsburg Airport, the next step is to design and establish an operating agreement that regulates the operation of test and demonstration flights without disrupting conventional air traffic and the neighbourhood of the airport.

Dr. Wolfgang Hübschle, head of the economics division of the City of Augsburg, said: “Augsburg is a historically established aerospace city. Companies and institutes such as MT Aerospace, Rocket Factory, Premium AEROTEC, supplier companies and the German Aerospace Centre DLR are shaping this area today. When it comes to future forms of mobility, including urban air mobility, there is also a lot happening in Augsburg. I am therefore delighted that, in addition to a development company for air taxis, Skyroads has also now settled at Augsburg Airport.”