Twente Airport to deploy Altitude Angel’s Approval Services Platform

May 24 2024

Posted by Altitude Angel Announcement

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Twente Airport becomes the first airport in the Netherlands to adopt digital drone approval platform 

London, UK & Amsterdam, Netherlands: Altitude Angel, the world’s most trusted UTM (Unified Traffic Management) technology provider, has today announced Twente Airport, in collaboration with drone innovation cluster Space53, is to deploy its Approval Services platform - allowing drone operators, and in the future eVTOL pilots, the ability to submit flight requests and pay for operations within Twente Airport’s airspace digitally and at the touch of a button.

Twente Airport will be the first airport in the Netherlands to adopt the revolutionary platform which has already been deployed at international airports, regional aerodromes, and heliports across the UK. 

With its extensive and varied terrain and large, managed airspace, Twente Airport is well known in the Netherlands as a test centre for both crewed and uncrewed flight operations and has recently hosted, together with Space53, exercises conducted by The Royal Netherlands Airforce, national police force, and Twente Fire & Rescue service.  

Mike Holsheimer, Program Manager of Space53 on the deployment of Approval Services: "As our drone partners are increasingly conducting beyond-visual-line-of-sight (BVLOS), within Twente Airport's airspace, having just one source where the correct and real-time information can be found, showing both manned and unmanned activity, is crucial to ensure safety in and around the airport."  

Gerben Groothuis of Twente Airport adds: "Altitude Angel's Approval Services platform gives us the certainty we need to allow drone activity alongside that of manned aircraft. As the need for more unmanned flights arises for eVTOL and drone operators, the Approval Services platform will allow us to scale up our operations quickly, easily, and safely." 

Paul deHaan, Altitude Angel NL, Managing Director, added: “Through the adoption of Approval Services, Twente Airport is enabling the next generation of airspace users – without doing so at the expense of existing operations.  Crewed and uncrewed aircraft can share the same skies, safely and securely, if the right platforms and technology are deployed.   

“Approval Services gives Twente Airport the flexibility to approve drone operations by allowing drone operators to submit flight plans, which take place in part wholly or in part, within an airport’s controlled airspace, quickly and securely, bringing together traditional air traffic control systems with digital unified traffic management solutions.”   

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Stephen Farmer, Altitude Angel, Head of Corporate Communications & PR

About Altitude Angel 

Altitude Angel is an award-winning provider of UTM (Unified Traffic Management) software, enabling those planning to operate, or develop UTM/U-Space solutions, to quickly integrate robust data and services with minimum effort. 

Today, Altitude Angel’s market-defining technology is providing a critical, enabling service on which the future of UTM will be built across the globe. Altitude Angel is leading a consortium of businesses to build and develop 165 miles (265km) of ‘drone superhighways’ connecting airspace above Reading, Oxford, Milton Keynes, Cambridge, Coventry, and Rugby over the next two years. The Skyway superhighway network, enabled using Altitude Angel’s patented ARROW technology, will unlock the huge potential offered by unmanned aerial vehicles and be a catalyst to enable growth in the urban air mobility industry. 

Altitude Angel’s first party solutions also power some of the world’s leading ANSPs, aviation authorities and Enterprises, including LVNL (Netherlands) and Avinor (Norway), empowering them with new capabilities to safely manage and integrate drone traffic into national operations. 

By unlocking the potential of drones and helping national aviation authorities, ANSPs, developers and enterprise organisations, Altitude Angel is establishing new services to support the growth in the drone industry.  

Altitude Angel was founded by Richard Parker in 2014 and is headquartered in Reading, UK.   

Altitude Angel’s developer platform is open and available to all at

About Twente Airport and Space53 

The innovative Twente Airport is part of Technology Base. The nearly three kilometer long runway, the relatively quiet airspace and the facilities around it, offer every opportunity to test innovations safely in practice at an early stage. Thanks in part to these facilities, Twente Airport occupies a central position in the Netherlands as a breeding ground for new forms of mobility and combining manned and unmanned flights in the same airspace. The connection with Space53 as a drone innovation platform provides direct access to the regional ecosystem to accelerate unmanned aviation and associated technology. For more information, visit  

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