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

Ask the Specialist: Optimizing BVLOS

What will be the impact of beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) on the application of drones in the geospatial surveying profession? At 'GIM International', we received this question from one of our readers and forwarded it to Pierre-Alain Marchand, who is employed as R&D regulatory compliance manager at senseFly. The Switzerland-based company is the manufacturer of the renowned eBee and eBee X, UAVs that are commonly used by geospatial surveyors. BVLOS operations have progressed in leaps and bounds in recent years, thanks to ongoing trials, demos and data collection that have been key in facilitating progress. As an industry, we’re constantly... (read more)
2020-04-01 04:01:52

Brazil Approves senseFly Drones for BVLOS Operations

senseFly, a provider of fixed-wing drone solutions – in collaboration with drone engineering and consulting specialists AL Drones and geo-technology company Santiago & Cintra – has announced that the National Civil Aviation Agency (ANAC) has approved beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) flights to be carried out in Brazil for the first time in the country’s history, using senseFly’s proprietary drone technology. ANAC’s decision means that the senseFly eBee Classic, eBee Classic RTK, eBee Plus and eBee SQ are now officially approved for use in future BVLOS missions carried out by Brazilian drone operators. As the first BVLOS approval ever... (read more)
2019-04-29 10:18:04

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

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

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

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
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