• Airbus Granted Waiver For Urban beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) Dro

    From Larry Dighera@21:1/5 to All on Fri Aug 23 05:37:27 2019

    Airbus Granted Waiver For Urban BVLOS Drone Flights
    Kate O'ConnorAugust 22, 20190

    Airbus Aerial has received a waiver from the FAA to conduct urban
    unmanned aircraft systems (UAS/drone) flight operations beyond visual
    line of sight (BVLOS) and without requiring a visual observer in Grand
    Forks, North Dakota. The flights will be conducted under the North
    Dakota Department of Transportation’s UAS Integration Pilot Program
    (IPP), an FAA-sponsored public-private partnership whose stated goal
    is to “help define the regulatory framework for drone operations and
    their integration into the national airspace system.”

    According to Airbus, the North Dakota team is working specifically on
    safe ways to use UAS technology while conducting flights over people,
    night flights and BVLOS operations without the need for visual
    observers. “Waivers to this magnitude are not achieved unless you have
    an innovative team of partners that are extremely dedicated, working
    for the advancement of UAS integration initiatives while keeping
    safety at the forefront,” said North Dakota Department of
    Transportation (NDDOT) IPP UAS program administrator Russ Buchholz.

    Airbus Aerial is a division of Airbus that focuses on aerial data
    collection, analysis and distribution. In North Dakota, the company
    will be working with Xcel Energy, using a fixed-wing drone to fly
    BVLOS over Xcel’s residential distribution network. Airbus says the
    operations are “critical in equipping the utility industry to
    appropriately assess and utilize UAS.”

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