By airlabs
6. December 2021

Project number: 8.802.50004 (GOF2.0 tests at Klagenfurt Airport)

Involved cooperation partners:

Frequentis AG

Carinthian Airport Operating Company Ltd.

AIRlabs Austria GmbH

Project Description/Methods:

With the increase of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and air cabs in the rapidly growing drone market, the need arises to develop technologies and frameworks for their safe coexistence with manned aircraft.

The SESAR JU project “GOF 2.0 Integrated Urban Airspace Validation”, with a consortium of 15 members, focuses on the safe and sustainable integration of unmanned aerial vehicles and air cabs in urban airspace.

AIRlabs supports the consortium to enable test flights within the GOF2.0 project at Klagenfurt Airport. In particular, Article 13 of the current EASA-UAS regulations will be used, in order to be able to perform an already approved UAS scenario in another member state. For this purpose, the approved SORA (Specific Operations Risk Assessment) will be reviewed by AIRlabs and the data required according to Article 13 will be adapted in such a way that the planned mission will be approved by the national authority (here: Austro Control) and the flights will be enabled.


In the course of this project, comprehensive experience and know-how regarding cross-border operations according to Article 13 of the current UAS regulations were gained. Due to the built up know-how AIRlabs takes a pioneering role in the context of UAS approval and is able to offer a broader, lower-threshold and more innovative spectrum of approval support.

Article 13 of Regulation (EU) 2019/947 is about cross-border drone operations or operations outside the state of registration.

The application works out as follows in the “Specific” category:

  • Applications for an authorization in the “Specific” category must be submitted to the competent authority of the state of registration.
  • Applications from companies outside of Austria, which do not have a license from the respective competent national authority, will be rejected due to lack of competence.
  • Necessary documents
    • Copy of the operating license or copy of the licensing conditions (LUC).
    • Location(s) of proposed operation, including updated mitigation measures, if required, specific to local airspace, terrain and population characteristics, and climatic conditions.

Additional dissemination measures are planned or possible when GOF2.0 flights are implemented in Klagenfurt.

Related research project:

SESAR JU project “GOF 2.0 Integrated Urban Airspace Validation.”

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