Airobotics Granted FAA BVLOS Waiver for US Operations

Pioneering automated drone startup Airobotics is among the first companies in the United States to receive a Certificate of Waiver (CoW) from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) that combines three elements: flying beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) for automated drone operations, over human beings, and with a visual observer that is not required to keep a visual line of sight on the drone. This waiver permits Airobotics to operate from the company’s Remote Operations Center in Scottsdale, Arizona. Airobotics' CoW for BVLOS will primarily be used within the mining sector as well as other industrial facilities in the United States. Mining... (read more)
2018-12-19 09:19:19

Aeryon Labs Successfully Completes First Approved BVLOS Flight Test

Aeryon Labs, a Canada-based manufacturer of small unmanned aerial systems (sUASs), has announced that the Aeryon Sky Ranger sUAS successfully completed the first Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) flight in Canada. The SkyRanger was chosen by Ventus Geospatial and Canadian Unmanned, as the vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) sUAS flown for BVLOS* testing and evaluation throughout the trials at the Foremost UAS Range. These flight trials, among few BVLOS trials worldwide, are a milestone for aviation, establishing safe operational procedures and protocols for operating UAS under 25kg beyond line of sight. This inaugural flight creates the foundation for how sUAS operators can legally and safely fly... (read more)
2017-03-09 09:21:43

Paramedics in Canada Using Drones Approved for Flying BVLOS

Canadian paramedics are drones to fly beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) to obtain an understanding of a situation before they go approach in hard to reach or potentially dangerous areas. Although they have been using this technology for a few years, it was only within the last year that chief paramedic Michael Nolan worked towards getting approval to fly the drones beyond the pilot’s field of vision – an expanded capability that he said, and has since confirmed, would open the door to a much wider range of uses. After a six-day demonstration before federal officials last spring, the... (read more)
2018-02-05 02:54:56

Kongsberg Geospatial Integrates with MicroPilot to Enhance BVLOS

Kongsberg Geospatial, a geospatial visualization software company, and MicroPilot, who operate professional UAV autopilots, has announced that the Kongsberg Geospatial IRIS UxS Fleet Control Station has been integrated with the MicroPilot MP2x28 series of autopilots to enhance the ability of UAV operators using MicroPilot autopilots to conduct safe BVLOS operations. The Kongsberg Geospatial IRIS UxS Fleet Control Station technology enables multiple drones to be monitored and controlled simultaneously by a single operator and provides real-time calculation of aircraft separation, airspace monitoring alerts and communications line-of-sight prediction to enable ‘detect and avoid’ for safe BVLOS operations. IRIS FCS integrates a variety... (read more)
2019-04-30 10:03:20

IN-FLIGHT Data and senseFly Team up for Canada's Largest BVLOS Drone Trial

One of Canada's leading commercial drone operators, IN-FLIGHT Data, is embarking upon Canada's largest beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) UAS Operations trial to date, with support from senseFly, a leading provider of professional mapping drones. The project’s goal is to demonstrate that BVLOS UAS flights can be conducted safely and efficiently, while providing cost reductions and/or operational efficiencies for the different use-cases involved. “We are excited to get the go ahead for this ambitious project,” said Chris Healy, the owner of IN-FLIGHT Data. “Working closely with senseFly and our 20 partner organisations, we’ll be collecting a huge amount of geo-accurate data -... (read more)
2018-06-06 01:04:27

IN-FLIGHT Awarded Three Guinness World Records Supported by senseFly

IN-FLIGHT Data, a Canadian commercial drone operator, has been awarded three Guinness World Records for drone (UAS) flights carried out as part of a beyond-visual-line-of-sight (BVLOS) project with help from senseFly, a provider of fixed-wing drone solutions. The three world records achieved were for:   Longest cumulative beyond-visual-line-of-sight battery-powered UAV flight: 2,723.04km (Alberta) Longest cumulative urban flight for a beyond-visual-line-of-sight civilian UAV (small class – up to 25kg): 414 km (Calgary) Longest single urban flight for a beyond-visual-line-of-sight civilian UAV (small class – up to 25kg): 40km (High River)   The Guinness World Records were awarded specifically for BVLOS flights... (read more)
2019-02-26 10:20:44

UAV-based Mapping: Safety First

While it is positive news for our industry that the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs or ‘drones’) is continuing to increase, the rise has brought with it a key question: how do we ensure that drone users are operating in a safe and law-abiding manner? In recent months, there have been a number of headlines about both illegal operations and the ensuing legislation. Although these news stories have been focused on consumer drone use, we must be mindful that the same issues apply to commercial activity, according to Jean-Thomas Célette – particularly within the geospatial sector as professionals such... (read more)
2019-04-03 11:40:57

senseFly Showcases eBee X Fixed-wing Drone in Free Webinar

senseFly, a leading provider of fixed-wing drone solutions, is hosting a free educational webinar exploring its new fixed-wing drone, the eBee X, at 10:00 EST / 16:00 CET (GMT+2) on Tuesday 13 November. Francois Gervaix, fixed-wing drone lead for Parrot Business Solutions, will be joined by founders of two leading North American drone service companies, Chris Healy of IN-FLIGHT Data and Scott Hiebert of Green Aero Tech, for the 45-minute live event. Together, they will discuss how they have employed the eBee X in a range of projects, from assessing open pits to flying beyond visual-line-of-sight (BVLOS) and more. “With... (read more)
2018-11-01 12:01:41

Iris Automation Reveals Turnkey Collision-avoidance Solution for Drones

Iris Automation, an artificial intelligence (AI) and safety avionics company, has announced the launch of Casia – the first commercially available computer vision detect-and-avoid solution to enable Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) operations for autonomous vehicles. For the first time, there's a system that allows an Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) to truly understand the aviation environment around it as if a pilot were onboard. Casia detects other aircraft, uses machine learning to classify them, makes intelligent decisions about the threat they may pose to the vehicle, and triggers automated manoeuvres to avoid collisions. Casia is a combination of both... (read more)
2019-05-02 10:06:32

Consolidation of AI and Autonomy - Commercial UAV Show 2018

The 2018 Commercial UAV show was as busy and wide-ranging as in previous years. Mapping did not have a high profile although some exhibitors were promoting photogrammetry and mapping in general and several seminar and conference sessions featured mapping. The overarching theme of the event could be characterisied as consolidation and looking to the future. Artificial intelligence (AI) and autonomy were strong themes, meaning the development of smart drones. This includes interaction with robots to manage battery change for example, although it is unlikely that we will see genuine autonomous UAVs very soon. But several exhibitors claim the use of... (read more)
2019-01-23 03:46:04
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