The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has officially granted Phoenix Air Unmanned the authority to operate SwissDrones SVO 50 V2 drones beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) for a range of crucial aerial work applications. This authorization marks a significant milestone in the advancement of unmanned aerial systems (UAS) capabilities for various industries.
Phoenix Air Unmanned’s newly obtained BVLOS approval paves the way for a wide spectrum of tasks, including aerial photography, survey missions, and critical powerline and pipeline patrol and inspection activities. This development underscores the growing significance of UAS technology in enhancing efficiency and safety across diverse sectors.
The FAA’s decision has granted Phoenix Air Unmanned the privilege to execute BVLOS operations while maintaining a flight ceiling below 400 feet over designated routes. These routes primarily cover certain roadways and sparsely populated regions, ensuring that the operations are conducted with utmost safety and precision.
This authorization was granted following a public engagement process initiated by the FAA, during which they solicited feedback on four BVLOS requests, including the one put forward by Phoenix Air Unmanned. The agency is actively evaluating the other three requests as well, with the aim of leveraging the insights gained from these operations to inform their policy and rulemaking initiatives.
With an emphasis on making BVLOS operations a routine, scalable, and economically feasible practice, the FAA has established the Beyond Visual Line of Sight Aviation Rulemaking Committee. This committee, formed in June 2021, is dedicated to providing safety recommendations to the FAA, further underscoring the commitment to safe and efficient UAS integration.
The FAA’s overarching vision is to seamlessly integrate drones into the National Airspace System, avoiding the need for a separate airspace exclusively for unmanned aircraft. This approach aligns with legislative acts such as the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012 and the FAA Extension, Safety, and Security Act of 2016. The latter Act specifically directed the FAA, in collaboration with NASA, to develop a comprehensive plan for Unmanned Aircraft System Traffic Management (UTM), a critical step toward achieving seamless integration efforts.
As Phoenix Air Unmanned embraces this BVLOS authorization, the partnership between the FAA, UAS manufacturers, and operators continues to drive innovation, ensuring the safe and efficient integration of drones into the broader aviation landscape.
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