It was only a matter of time: The FAA has issued its approval for Beyond Visual Line of Sight flights using Skydio drones in conjunction with a Skydio dock. This is a major step on the road to completely autonomous remote drone operations – one that opens up a wide range of new use-case scenarios.

The news came in a blog post on the Skydio website – and it’s very significant. The FAA has given the green light for BNSF Railway to remotely operate dock-based Skydio drones. The blog says “it is the first national approval of remote, dock-based operations in the United States.”

And that’s a pretty big deal.

Docking station

In addition to its other products, Skydio has created a dock solution that can serve as a home base for a drone. The Skydio 2 (or Skydio X2) can take off from and land on a base that provides it with charging capabilities, as well as a safe harbour from inclement weather. That’s pretty cool. But it’s also a technology that enables a wide…