Skywatch drone insurance, UK drone trials, BVLOS in UK

Alexander Glinz, CC BY-SA 3.0 

Drone Trials Support BVLOS in the UK

by DRONELIFE Staff Writer Ian J. McNabb

The UK Civil Aviation authority recently announced six new drone trials designed to bring BVLOS drone operations closer to broad release, inviting several organizations to participate in their new innovation sandbox. The selected projects include medical drone deliveries, energy infrastructure inspection, and open “sky highways”, and are designed to enhance and plot out the future of BVLOS operations in the UK.

The selected projects and organizations involved include Apian London Health Bridge; Cranfield Airport and Project BLUEPRINT; Droneprep Open Skies Cornwall; HexCam; Skyports Project TRAject; and Snowdonia Aerospace Centre Project Dragons Eye.

These new trials will help develop plans for how drones can be safely integrated with other airspace users, as part of the regulator’s wider Airspace Modernisation Strategy.

The trials will consider a new…