Aeromao UAV Demonstrates BVLOS Capabilities

An Aeromapper Talon UAV has flown a mission autonomously to a target located 30km away from the operators, while maintaining at all times a strong communications and control link. This demonstrates the great potential for Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) operations for applications such as power line and pipeline monitoring, roadways survey, surveillance and wildlife control, and long linear missions in general. The mission was carried out in the Andes Mountains of South America. The location of the flight is situated at 2,800m above sea level and the flight was performed at a cruise altitude of 250m agl. The... (read more)
2017-06-22 11:00:25

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

Teaming 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, the industry’s leading provider of professional mapping drones and a commercial drone subsidiary of Parrot Group. 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. Chris Healy, the owner of IN-FLIGHT Data, said his team is excited to get the go ahead for this ambitious project. Working closely with senseFly and the company’s 20 partner organisations, they will... (read more)
2018-06-05 05:14:45

Successful Completion of Urban BVLOS UAV Project in Calgary

IN-FLIGHT Data, one of Canada’s leading commercial drone operators, has – in collaboration with senseFly, a leading provider of fixed-wing drone solutions – completed North America’s first urban beyond-visual-line-of-sight (BVLOS) unmanned aerial system (UAS or 'drone') project in a major city. The project, carried out in the Canadian city of Calgary, Alberta, was commissioned to collect mapping data to support the development of a new graveyard site, the city’s first new cemetery since 1940. The mapping of the area, completed using a senseFly eBee Plus fixed-wing drone, saw IN-FLIGHT Data’s team conduct a total of 414 km BVLOS operations at... (read more)
2018-10-31 01:10:32

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

IN-FLIGHT Data's BVLOS Project Receives 3 Guinness World Records

IN-FLIGHT Data, one of Canada’s leading commercial drone operators, has been awarded three Guinness World Records for unmanned aerial system (UAS or 'drone') flights recently carried out as part of a groundbreaking beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) project. The project was assisted by senseFly, a leading provider of fixed-wing drone solutions. The three records include: - 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): 414km (Calgary) - Longest single urban flight for a beyond-visual-line-of-sight civilian UAV (small class – up to 25kg): 40km... (read more)
2019-02-20 01:38:37

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

Delair-Tech UAV Flies 50 Kilometres via 3G Cell Network

RTE and Delair-Tech have set a new distance record by flying a civilian UAV 30 miles (50 kilometres). The official purpose of the flight, which took place in France, was to inspect RTE’s power lines by remote camera as well as to record data for use in modelling RTE's European power grid. Thanks to pioneering Beyond Visual Line Of Sight (BVLOS) technology, Delair-Tech UAVs are fit to travel long distances. With this 30-mile-long UAV flight, Delair-Tech continues to demonstrate its capacity for innovation in BVLOS UAV flights by adding a 3G communication network to guide the drone for the first time. Regulatory... (read more)
2017-06-09 11:16:19

Making Linear Mapping Projects More Efficient

senseFly has launched senseFly Corridor, a new platform enhancement that vastly simplifies the mapping of linear infrastructure and sites using an unmanned aerial system (UAS or 'drone'). senseFly Corridor recently made its debut at AUVSI Xponential in Dallas, USA. Corridor mapping is a common task for many geospatial professionals and crucial for the effective planning, design and analysis of linear infrastructure, as well as the monitoring of rivers and coastlines. However, using drones to carry out corridor projects – as an alternative to hiring expensive manned aircraft – has, until now, been a relatively complex job that contained some frustrating... (read more)
2017-05-15 09:37:42

Flying Fully Automated UAVs without a Pilot

Airobotics has revealed that it is the first company worldwide to be granted authorisation to fly fully automated unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) without a pilot. The certification, that was presented by the Civil Aviation Authority of Israel (CAAI), solidifies Airobotics’ status as a world leader in the field of automated UAVs and will enable even more innovative beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) commercial UAV operations. This milestone proves that decisions and actions that were once taken by a human UAV pilot, can now be taken by Airobotics’ computer software and artificial intelligence. Essentially, an authorized pilot is now replaced... (read more)
2017-03-30 09:55:33
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