Phoenix Air Unmanned Granted Nationwide BVLOS Waiver for Powerline Inspections

Phoenix Air Unmanned, LLC (PAU), a leading provider of unmanned aircraft system (UAS) solutions, has received a broad area waiver from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) authorizing powerline inspection flights beyond the visual line of sight (BVLOS) of the remote pilot in command. The waiver covers powerline infrastructure across the United States and builds upon thousands of miles of BVLOS transmission line inspection flight experience.

PAU has partnered with industry providers, including Freefly Systems and Kongsberg Geospatial, to deliver a comprehensive nationwide BVLOS solution that requires multiple layers of safety and airspace deconfliction. PAU’s Managing Director, William Lovett, expressed his excitement about offering scalable BVLOS UAS inspection services to utilities nationwide and scaling the same services to all utilities across the United States.

The waiver grants operations beyond the visual line of sight of the remote pilot in command and visual observers, operations over people, and operations over moving vehicles. PAU relied on a robust safety case that included electronic airspace surveillance, a clear and defined operating area, and performance criteria that justified the safety of the operation.

PAU selected key partners with a track record of reliability and aviation experience to build the operation, including Freefly Systems Alta X, a reliable aerial platform with adaptable payload mounting that allows for high-resolution inspection imagery. The IRIS Terminal, developed by Kongsberg Geospatial, provides UAS operators with real-time BVLOS airspace visibility, showing ownship tracks and cooperative and non-cooperative aircraft tracks all on the same pane of glass, located inside mobile monitoring stations.

Phoenix Air Unmanned flight crews operate the Freefly Alta X over the centerline of the transmission line, flying from structure to structure and capturing multiple datasets, including high-resolution inspection imagery. The scalability of BVLOS transmission line inspection flights with UAS has been proven, as a single PAU flight team captured 134.4 miles of transmission line inspection imagery in a single day under an identical BVLOS waiver in June of 2021.

No Replies to "Phoenix Air Unmanned Granted Nationwide BVLOS Waiver for Powerline Inspections"