Skydio has been granted a nationwide BVLOS waiver in Japan – a major win for their Skydio Dock and remote drone operations without human staff onsite.

by DRONELIFE Staff Writer Ian M. Crosby

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This week, autonomous flight leader Skydio announced that it has been granted an unprecedented, nationwide approval by the Japan Civil Aviation Bureau (JCAB) to remotely operate drones beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS). The approval allows for streamlined BVLOS operations utilizing Skydio Dock and Remote Ops. Skydio’s AI and autonomous technology allows for the safe operation of drones in close proximity to structures beyond what would be possible with manual drones.

The JCAB approval does not require the use of additional crew members like visual observers or technology to detect crewed aircraft, removing major hurdles faced by operators. The approval applies across Japan with few exceptions. Prior to takeoff, operators must first submit…