U-ELCOME makes history with the first Beyond Visual Line of Sight flight at the inaugural French long-range corridor

  • This BVLOS flight marks a great milestone in enabling drone operations in Europe by developing a safe and efficient long-range corridors in France.
  • The U-ELCOME project was launched a few months ago with funding from the European Climate, Infrastructure and Environment Executive Agency (CINEA) in cooperation with the SESAR 3 Joint Undertaking as one of its flagship Digital Sky Demonstrators (DSDs)


The U-ELCOME Project, led by EUROCONTROL with funding from the European Climate, Infrastructure and Environment Executive Agency (CINEA) in cooperation with the SESAR 3 Joint Undertaking will be at Paris Air show 2024 this week with two great events.


Tomorrow, the 21st of June from 12.00 to 13.00, Farah Luu, leader of the U-ELCOME French cluster, will present the project on the main European commission stand, CLEAN AVIATION – SIAE 2023 / hall 2A B276.



On Thursday 22nd of June from 12.30 to 14.30 in the Paris Air Show Auditorium you will have the great chance to watch by streaming and live experience the official inauguration of the long-range corridor with a live BVLOS flight in Bretigny-sur-Orge. Ludovic Legros, the U-ELCOME project manager will make a keynote and Farah Luu, introduce this special flight.

During this flight, the U-ELCOME French cluster participants will show their solutions and services and you will see for the first time in Europe a live opening of a corridor with the first BVLOS flight operated by Parrot, in the airspace managed by Systematic.



Drones have the potential to greatly support Europe’s shift towards a green and digital economy.  Addressing safety, security, privacy, social acceptance, and environmental concerns while creating a sustainable economic environment for the growth of the European drone industry is crucial. U-space services and smart traffic management solutions will be key in enabling drone operations and reaching the necessary high level of integration with Air Traffic Management (ATM).


U-ELCOME is a 3-year SESAR Digital Sky Demonstrator project, involving 51 partners whose overall aim is to support the market uptake of U1 and U2 services. With demonstrations taking place in three European countries, the project aims to develop interoperability and support EU harmonisation of U-space services. Taking into consideration the various U-Space actors and stakeholders this project values collaboration and information-sharing. Join us to find out more about the research project and what activities are planned and how the project hopes to make U-space a European reality.


This project has received funding from European Climate, Infrastructure and Environment Executive Agency (CINEA) under grant agreement No. 101079171.


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