Drone solution providers Censys Technologies and Soaring Eagle Technologies have secured a fresh beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) waiver from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). This waiver covers a 12-mile distance, which the companies stress is the longest distance ever approved by the FAA.
Over the past three years, both companies have worked closely with the FAA to build a safety case for Iris Automation’s advanced detect-and-avoid (DAA) technology system, Casia. They have completed thousands of flights in the process and secured two other BVLOS waivers previously.
The new waiver will be utilized specifically for inspecting transmission power lines. Per the FAA’s Part 107.31/33 waiver provisions, the Soaring Eagle team will be able to fly three miles down range for a total of six unique miles of data. This capability, the company says, will bring down the cost of data acquisition significantly.
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