Iris Automation gets third BVLOS drone waiver for Reno FD trials
Aviation safety tech specialist Iris Automation has received its third waiver for beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) flights on behalf of the Reno Fire Department (RFD), which will be able to use the added authorization to continue testing drones in dangerous river rescue situations.
Reno-based Iris Automation has been working with its hometown RFD on BVLOS drone operations during rescue testing, and had obtained two earlier Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) waivers under the BEYOND program. The third of those granted this month will allow the partners to trial UAV use in river rescue scenarios to enable faster, more efficient reaction, and reduce the hazards responders are exposed to in those emergencies.
Iris Automation says the additional BLVOS waiver will open up an even wider range of operational capabilities during the RFD’s testing of drones in the Carson River area, and expand the scope of that activity by using both onboard and…