SABCA to launch a complete suite of services for the drone industry

Jun 2017

SABCA will offer a complete range of services for commercial, defence and governmental applications to the entire drone ecosystem: manufacturers, technology developers, end-users and regulatory agencies.
These services include new systems design integration, (sub-)systems ground and flight testing, certification, qualification and sustainment for drones with fixed or rotary wings. Integration into European airspace being essential, a partnership has been signed with Droneport in Limburg to fly drones in a segregated airspace prior to testing them, when required, in a controlled airspace environment at SABCA's home airport in Charleroi.
In addition, inspection, maintenance, repair, and support services as well as remote-pilot and ground crew training will also be offered by SABCA as part of more global sustainment activities.
As the drone industry develops and maturates, there will be a need for industrial players to be the link between the drones systems and equipment designers and manufacturers, payload & technologyproviders, end-users, and authorities. SABCA has the suitable size, experience, and palette of skills to perfectly fulfil that role.
Strategic partnerships with infrastructure providers and technology enablers, such as DronePort in Limburg and the Walloon Brussels South Charleroi Airport  makes it a particularly attractive and complete suite of services.

DronePort, a company founded by the Limburg investment company LRM and the city of Sint-Truiden, wants to bring together knowledge and entrepreneurship in the drone industry on one site.
With a comprehensive test area, a landing and approved airspace, companies can safely test new applications, train and grow up in this new business.
In addition, Droneport offers a business area with a focus on aviation-related activities, and an incubator for starting companies in this new sector.

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Brussels South Charleroi Airport, the third most punctual airport in the world in its category, is the second airport that serves the city of Brussels. Armed with its operational experience and industry knowledge, BSCA has enabled to more than seven millions passengers to fly in 2016 to more than 150 destinations in Europe, North Aorica and in the Middle East. Brussels South Charleroi Airport has six partners airlines, namely Ryanair, Wizz Air, Pegasus Airlines, TUI fly, Air Corsica and Belavia.

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SABCA Group is one of the main aerospace and defence actors in Belgium, belonging to Dassault Group and Fokker Technologies (GKN Group). It is, made up of SABCA S.A. and its subsidiaries SABCA Limburg and ASM Aéro, and conducts its operations from Belgium's three regions (Brussels Capital Region, Gosselies in Wallonia, and Lummen in Flanders) as well as Casablanca, Morocco.
Strengthened by nearly a century of know-how and a corporate culture based on a broad portfolio of capabilities, the SABCA Group deploys its activities on three traditional markets - space, civil aviation and defence.
Major customers of SABCA Group are Airbus, Dassault Aviation, Fokker, Safran, ArianeGroup, Arianespace and several other institutional and governmental organizations such as Belgian Defence, Royal Netherlands Air Force and the US Air Force.
The Group focuses its activities on the following Centres of Excellence:
- "Plug & Fly" Integrated Structures
- Actuation Systems
- MRO and Upgrades of Platforms and Equipment
MRO and Upgrades of patforms and Equipment is an important Industrial activity which places the SABCA group as a strong partner to promote a quality services in the drone industry.

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