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[Press Release] World premier: Tethered drones at Paris airports

Coradine Giannitrapani | 23 Aug 2016 | 4 min

Coradine Giannitrapani

23 Aug 2016

4 minutes

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Lyon, France, August 23rd, 2016 – Tethered drones designed by Elistair, based in Lyon, France, have been authorized by the French civil aviation authority (DGAC) for three interventions at Paris-Charles de Gaulle and Paris – Le Bourget airports for Groupe ADP. This is a first for the airport sector, which offers many opportunities for using drones.

Regulations in France forbid drones from flying over airports and airfields. Special permission was nonetheless granted once Elistair was able to prove to the DGAC that safety for people and airport structures was ensured.

Elistair obtained the necessary authorizations from the DGAC with its tethered stations for innovative drones, SAFE-T and LIGH-T. These solutions enable using drones under optimal safety conditions:

  • Drone airspace completely controlled and limited to a range of 50 to 100 meters.
  • Direct power supply (with power cable and backup battery), eliminating the risk of crashes due to unexpected empty batteries.
  • Secure, high-speed communications via an integrated micro-wire, effectively eliminating interference and jamming.

These various missions demonstrated the possibility of completely safe interventions, even in complex airport environments, while respecting safety standards required by airports and civil aviation authorities. In addition, the missions highlighted the efficiency of tethered drones with respect to other existing solutions.”

Guilhem de Marliave

CEO and Co-Founder of Elistair

Integrated with the SAFE-T station, the tethered drone solutions by Elistair were used for the following missions:

  • Inspection of high walkways (such as for A380 planes) at the Paris-Charles de Gaulle airport: 2 flights of one hour each at an average altitude of 20 meters.
  • Calibration of air navigation assistance instruments at the Paris-Le Bourget airport: 7 flights of 2- 3 hours each at an average altitude of 50 to 60 meters.

The tethered drones were fully integrated into the airspace for all missions, with a direct link to the control tower. With safety conditions fully respected, normal airport activity continued uninterrupted during these interventions.

The airport sector offers interesting opportunities for drones. The numerous applications for which using a drone is more effective than traditional methods include inspecting runways and buildings, surveillance, airborne calibration, assistance with crisis management, tactical communications, and bird scaring. With remarkable benefits in terms of cost, time, and efficiency, tethered drone systems represent an effective and safe solution to meet many airport needs, while ensuring the safety of space and people.”

Guilhem de Marliave

CEO and Co-Founder of Elistair

About Elistair

Founded in 2014, Elistair is a technology company specializing in civilian drones. The company designs, produces, and commercializes tethered drone stations for civil security, intervention teams, security companies, and large industrial companies. Leveraging a patented micro-wire technology, the solutions developed by Elistair are deployed for long duration aerial observation missions and emergency telecommunications missions. The company currently sells its products in Europe, South America, and Asia.

Elistair organized itself and grew quickly, and is now one of the leading tethered drone companies, currently expanding internationally. With support from DDrone Invest, an American investment fund, Elistair won the Alliance competition in San Francisco, was selected by the European Horizon 2020 program and received the Frost & Sullivan Technology Innovation award 2016.

Press contacts: Agence Amalthea

Coradine Giannitrapani: +33 4 26 78 27 18 –

Julie Barbaras: +33 4 26 78 27 12 –

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