Israel’s High Lander, which makes fleet management and UTM solutions, has just hit a milestone. The company has received approval for Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) flights in overpopulated urban areas, including residential and commercial zones, in northern Israel.

Regulators are rightly cautious in granting permission for Beyond Visual Line of Sight flights. They want to ensure that risk is minimal, both in terms of potential conflict with crewed aircraft, as well as with people and structures on the ground. That’s why regulators tend to prefer granting BVLOS permissions/waivers over sparsely populated rural areas rather than over urban locations.

And that’s why this is news.

High Lander urban BVLOS approval

In the case of High Lander, permission was granted by the Civil Aviation Authority of Israel (CAAI), that country’s equivalent of the FAA. It involves remotely operated flights programmed and remotely monitored using High Lander’s Mission Control…