French drone and sensor developer Delair has revealed its UX11 craft has become the world’s first enterprise UAV to receive European Union C6 categorization, allowing it to be operated for beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) flights without previous authorization from regulators.

Toulouse-based Delair announced the upgraded marking of its UX11 drone Thursday, noting the new C6 categorization obviates requirements for BVLOS mission approvals from authorities under European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) rules. The development marks another milestone in the company’s drive to pioneer BVLOS UAV flight since its creation in 2011. 

A decade ago, Delair’s DT18 became what the company said was the first drone in the world to obtain airworthiness certification for BVLOS flights in civil airspaces – that initially coming in France. It now believes the ability to fly UX11 in BVLOS operations without prior authorization will make it a must-have