Swoop Aero working with US, Aussie regulators on joint drone certification
Australian aerial logistics and drone delivery company Swoop Aero is working with its national Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) and the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in a project aiming to harmonize and streamline the remotely piloted aircraft (RPAS) certification process of both countries.
The company said the objective of the effort is to structure approval systems and criteria used in those to match each other as closely as feasible. Increased similarity, it said, will allow drone manufacturers to undertake the certification process in multiple markets at once – especially if the underlying coordination logic is embraced by additional regulators. Such harmonization, Swoop Aero believes, which will help accelerate the number of approved craft operating drone services around the globe.
Central to its involvement in that US-Australian project is Swoop Aero’s cutting-edge automated delivery drone, Kite, which is well along the…