American Robotics Reese Mozer Types of BVLOS Flight
The Many Flavors of BVLOS – an explanation of the different types of BVLOS flight, and what they mean for regulators and industry.
The following is a guest post by Reese Mozer, Co-Founder and CEO of American Robotics (NASDAQ:ONDS), a US manufacturer of industrial drones. DRONELIFE neither makes nor accepts payment for guest posts.
Ah, BVLOS. One of the most consequential acronyms of our time. It also happens to be one of the most misunderstood.
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Let’s start with the basics. BVLOS stands for “Beyond-Visual-Line-of-Sight”. That phrase refers to where in space a drone is operating in relation to the Pilot In Command, or PIC. This last part is where the confusion begins. In the aviation world, every flight must have a designated Pilot In Command, regardless of whether the aircraft is a Boeing 747 or an $8 micro-drone from the mall. This “PIC” title refers to a very specific individual that is formally granted the authority to fly…