BVLOS powerline inspectionsPhoenix Air Unmanned Granted Nationwide Waiver for BVLOS Powerline Inspections

by DRONELIFE Staff Writer Ian M. Crosby

The Federal Aviation Administration has granted Phoenix Air Unmanned, LLC (PAU) a broad area waiver authorizing beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) flights for conducting utility powerline inspections. This authorization applies throughout the United States, and builds upon thousands of miles of flight experience with BVLOS transmission line inspection.

“PAU is thrilled to now offer scalable BVLOS UAS inspection services to utilities nationwide. Our past performance and commitment to aviation safety has led to this complex authorization,” said PAU Managing Director, William Lovett. “We have flown over 13,000 miles of inspections for Xcel Energy under FAA BVLOS waivers and can now scale the same services to all utilities across the United States.”

The authorization allows PAU to conduct operations beyond the visual line of sight of the remote…