With the joint venture Droniq GmbH, a joint company between DFS and Telekom was established at the beginning of 2019. The business objective is to provide, market and sell services for drones and other unmanned aerial vehicles in Europe. On the part of DFS, the subsidiary DFS International Business Services GmbH (DFS IBS) holds 51 percent of the shares, while Deutsche Telekom has a 49 percent stake via its company Telekom Innovation Pool GmbH.
Since January 1, 2019, the Managing Director of Droniq GmbH has been Jan-Eric Putze, previously Managing Director of R. Eisenschmidt GmbH. Also managing director on the part of Telekom is Ralph Schepp, previously Vice President for Technology Innovation at Telekom AG.
Jan-Eric Putze is a banker, commercial pilot and flight instructor and joined DFS as a consultant in 2007. In 2014, he moved to R. Eisenschmidt GmbH, where he has held the management position since 2016.
Ralph Schepp holds a degree in business administration and has worked in the IT and telecommunications industry for more than 15 years. Within Deutsche Telekom AG, he most recently headed the Technology and Spectrum Strategy units for the Group.
Droniq GmbH is based at the Europaturm in Frankfurt (address: Ginnheimer Stadtweg 88, 60431 Frankfurt).
DFS and Deutsche Telekom launched the Connected Drones research project in September 2016. The aim was to integrate unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) safely and efficiently in ground-based airspace using mobile communications. Various tests were conducted to prove that unmanned aircraft can be located and monitored via the mobile communications network even beyond the range of vision of the pilot in control. DFS developed a UAS Traffic Management System (UTM) to display and process the position data of the aircraft. This is based on the PHOENIX air traffic control system, which is used worldwide in the air traffic control sector. DFS is considered a pioneer in Europe in the field of UTM development. "Connected Drones" was also awarded the 2018 Mobility Prize. The project was successfully completed with the foundation of Droniq GmbH on December 17, 2018.
The DFS Deutsche Flugsicherung GmbH is a federally owned company organised under private law, which ensures safe and punctual flight operations with its approximately 5,400 employees (as of 31 December 2018). The approximately 2,000 air traffic controllers guide up to 10,000 flights through German airspace every day, or about three million a year. This makes Germany the busiest country in Europe. The company operates control centers in Langen, Bremen, Karlsruhe and Munich, as well as towers at the 16 international commercial airports in Germany.
The Deutsche Telekom AG is one of the world's leading integrated telecommunications companies with around 178 million mobile customers, 28 million fixed-network lines, and 20 million broadband lines. It offers fixed-network/broadband, mobile communications, Internet, and Internet TV products and services for consumers, and information and communications technology solutions for corporate and business customers. Deutsche Telekom is represented in more than 50 countries. In the 2018 financial year, it generated revenue of EUR 75.7 billion with around 216,000 employees worldwide - around 66 percent of this outside Germany. (as of Dec. 31, 2018)
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Information on the individual presets is available via the "Flight allowed"/"Flight prohibited" display in the main window. Tap on these to access the presets overview.
Flight specifications that are complied with within the current flight planning are displayed in green. Guidelines that the user violates and due to which the flight is not displayed as green are marked in red. Shown in orange are general instructions for the remote pilot to follow.
The user can obtain further information by additionally tapping on the symbols. Here, too, the individual subheadings are clustered in green (currently observed), orange (must generally be observed) and red (violation of the rules).
In both of the above cases, the user is allowed to fly with the drone. If there are no restrictions for the flight, the validation is displayed in green.
If the remote pilot still has to pay attention to additional aspects during the flight, such as obstacles, the flight permission is displayed in orange. Tapping the display takes the user to the specifications overview. The symbols listed here and colored in orange refer to what the remote pilot must pay attention to during the current flight. For further information on the listed information, the user only has to tap the symbols individually.
The tiles inform the remote pilot about specifications that must be adhered to during his flight. Flight requirements that he already complies with are displayed in green. Guidelines that the user violates and due to which the flight is not displayed as green are marked in red. Shown in orange are general instructions for the remote pilot to follow.
Example: Tile colors
Via this display you specify in which category you start with the drone. The categories are based on the new EU Drone Regulation, which provides detailed information on the category in which remote pilots are allowed to fly, with a view to the planned flights and the drones used.
For more information on the classes, visit our EU Drone Regulation website.
Yes, the Droniq app has several display options (including controlled airspace and restricted airspace). The display options are activated by default in the Droniq app, but can also be switched off individually for a better overview. You can access the selection via the map icon. This is located in the upper right corner of the main window of the Droniq app.
First, use the app's map function to select the area where you want the drone to fly. Using the search function (indicated by a magnifying glass icon), you can also enter the exact location where the flight should start. To narrow down the area as precisely as possible, the app offers several drawing functions via radius, polygon or free route in the menu displayed below the map.
The menu below the map also lists other parameters that must be specified for flight validation. These include the maximum altitude planned for the flight, the planned flight duration, the drone used and the category planned for the flight.
Once all parameters have been entered, the app checks whether a flight is possible in the selected area. After a short time, the user receives feedback as to whether the flight is permitted (green display) or prohibited (red display). In the event that the flight can take place, but the remote pilot has to take into account specifications for his flight, the information "Attention" is displayed in orange.
For flight planning, you must specify which drone you are flying with. A first query takes place during registration. The registration of multiple drones is also possible. The drones can be viewed, adjusted and expanded at any time under the pilot icon and the "Configurations" tab.
Is it possible to register a self-made drone?
Yes, it is possible! Under "Select brand" you can select your own brands (e.g. self-built).
Is the corresponding class automatically displayed after registering the drone?
No. You must register your drone and then manually select the corresponding class. You can find more about the classes here.
Flight planning takes place via the main window of the Droniq app. Using the map section shown here, you can select the planned position for the drone flight with the touch of a finger. As soon as you tap the map, a circle appears around the tapped point. The circle indicates the current radius in which you can fly the drone. You can adjust the radius at any time.
In the main window, all you have to do is go to the drawing function shown in the bottom menu. This is located below the drone selection. If you prefer to define the area to be flown over by hand, the corresponding drawing functions are available here.
After all parameters have been entered, the app checks whether the drone flight is permitted or whether it violates regulations. If the flight is approved, the red background "Flight prohibited" on the main screen changes to the green background "Flight permitted" or the orange background "Caution".
The "Flight enabled" display indicates that you can fly the drone without restrictions within the scope of the current flight. The "Attention" display indicates that you must consider some points within the scope of the flight. Tap the "Attention" indicator with your finger to go to the specifications overview. The information to be considered within the scope of the current flight is listed in orange. Tap on one of the symbols to obtain further information.
After you have been given permission to fly, press the "Fly now" or "Attention" display. You will then be asked again whether you want to take off as part of the "Take-off" information. You start the flight by tapping "Yes".
The app then switches to the flight screen and shows you only the current map area. In the upper area of the cell phone display, a time display gives you an indication of how long you have been flying.
The data is stored by DFS Deutsche Flugsicherung GmbH, one of the two mothers of Droniq GmbH.
Droniq's UTM can be used by the following customers:
For all phases of flight (pre-flight, in-flight and post-flight phase), the UTM provides authoritative services for the safe operation of UAS in airspace.
In the pre-flight phase, the operator can register in the UTM, plan his mission and cross-check it (Are no-fly zones / airspace restrictions present? Are there other registered aircraft movements? Do I need an ascent permit or a SORA?).
In the in-flight phase, the operator can track his drone in real time and observe other aircraft in a combined aerial situation display, including those outside the user's line of sight (manned as well as unmanned registered in the UTM). He also receives real-time data such as photos or videos as needed.
The UTM components of the post-flight phase help with the evaluation and follow-up of the flight (e.g. maintenance of the logbook, incident management, battery management).
There are various performance-based pricing models that vary depending on the flight project (data volume required, length of flight route, frequency of flights, hardware required). The entry-level price for the UTM service is 125 euros per user per month. This UTM usage license is billed annually or semi-annually.
The HOD is sold with a lifetime FLARM® license. The sales price still includes data connectivity for the first year from the date of purchase. From the second year on, an annual service fee of 80,- Euro per device is charged, which includes firmware updates. Depending on the order quantity, there are discounts on the list sales price of 2,300 euros per device.
Commercial and public customers can also rent the HOD for a limited time for test projects. Especially for regular operations and BVLOS flights it makes sense to install the device permanently in your aircraft. Please contact us so that we can offer you a solution tailored to your needs!
Droniq currently offers the examinations for the drone operator's license as face-to-face examinations at the company's premises in Frankfurt and other locations in Germany. As a rule, an exam date takes place once a month. If you would like to register for an exam, please contact us as early as possible at email@example.com.
Please note that you will need a certificate of good conduct in accordance with §30 Para.1 of the Federal Central Register Act for the examination. This certificate of good conduct can also be applied for online. The certificate of good conduct must not be older than 6 months. Participants should apply for this now and present it at the examination date. In addition, participants must confirm that they are not the subject of any current investigation proceedings by completing a form provided by Droniq prior to the examination.
The proficiency test consists of 51 questions drawn at random from a pool of 255 possible questions. The topics covered are Air Law, Meteorology and Flight Operations & Navigation. You must answer 75% of the questions correctly in each of the three subject areas to pass the exam. If 75% is not achieved in any topic area, the entire exam is considered failed and must be repeated in its entirety. These are possible exam questions:
What is the maximum duration of a general permit for the ascent of UAS?
A: 6 months
B: 2 years
The correct answer is B
What is the risk of UAS ascending through fog?
A: Changed aerodynamic and static conditions due to supercooled water droplets
B: Fog has no influence on the UAS
C: Loss of visual contact and risk of short circuits of electrical components
The correct answer is C
Flight Operations & Navigation:
What helps the controller recognize the UAS and the orientation?
A: Different sized propellers or wings
B: Loud engine and propeller noises
C: Striking color scheme and bright lighting
The correct answer is C
Droniq offers special package solutions for companies and larger groups. Companies from all business sectors can book practical training, face-to-face courses, online training as well as face-to-face exams with Droniq that are tailored exactly to their needs. In addition, Droniq offers special courses for organizations entrusted with the defense against hazards and security tasks, such as BOS forces (Behörden und Organisationen mit Sicherheitsaufgaben). The courses can be held at Droniq or at your own premises. Just contact us!
For drone operation in prohibited zones or at certain altitudes, the controller usually requires an ascent permit from the responsible state aviation authority. Whether an ascent permit is required and which state aviation authority must be contacted for this can be queried via the DFS Drone App. This app is available free of charge in the Apple and Google app stores. The app answers the question "Where can I fly?" and is easy to use. Interactive map material from official sources and DFS shows for each location in Germany which rules must be observed there. For example, the app provides information about areas and facilities that may not be flown over or may only be flown over with restrictions (e.g. airports, hospitals, industrial and energy facilities or nature reserves). In addition, the app provides an overview of flights already made with a logbook function. You can find more information on the DFS website
First, Droniq experts check which requirements - such as an ascent permit - apply to your planned UAS flight. If a permit is required, we next check whether a separate risk analysis (SORA, from Specific Operations Risk Assessment) and a Concept of Operations (ConOps) need to be submitted prior to the application. If this is not necessary, we will work with you to complete the application.
If a SORA or ConOps is required for your flight, we will assist you in its preparation based on your individual prior knowledge and requirements. Additionally, we can train and qualify you for future applications if desired. If required, we can subsequently assist you with the selection of drones, technology and personnel, as well as obtaining air traffic control clearance from air traffic control, mission planning or other communication with authorities.