Skyports light uas operator certificateSkyports Obtains Light UAS Operator Certificate to Self-Authorize Drone Flights

by DRONELIFE Staff Writer Ian M. Crosby

Skyports, the world-leading operator of cargo drone deliveries and advanced air mobility (AAM) infrastructure, has been granted a Light UAS Operator Certificate from the Irish Aviation Authority, allowing them to self-authorise Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) drone flights. This is the first certificate of its kind issued by an EU regulator.

Recognised in all European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) member countries, the LUC allows UAS operators to conduct flights without first having to submit a declaration or receive authorisation from aviation authorities. Skyports is one of only a few drone operators in the world to have obtained the certification after being deemed capable of assessing the risk of an operation itself.

In order to prepare for its application for the LUC, Skyports worked with Julie Garland, chief executive of Ireland-based Avtrain,…