In an unprecedented move, the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma (CNO) and their technology partner, uAvionix, have made history. They’ve completed America’s first drone flights that go beyond the visual line of sight (BVLOS) using aviation-protected C-Band radio. This marks a significant leap forward in drone aviation and its potential applications.

Why Is This Significant?

C-Band radio frequencies might soon be dedicated exclusively to Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). The significance? It could unlock the potential for safer and more reliable BVLOS flights.

While the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is still fine-tuning the final BVLOS rule, insiders predict this could drastically expand the range and coverage area of drone operations.

The partners operated under the watchful eye of the FCC and FAA, leveraging uAvionix’s groundbreaking SkyLine software at the CNO Emerging Aviation Technologies Center. This center is one of…