The FAA is opening the door a crack for self-flying drones like Skydio to reach their potential

Oct. 9, 2020
BVLOS is significant, Sean Hollister reports for The Verge.

Raleigh, N.C., - You can’t fly a drone at night. You can’t fly a drone over people. You need to be able to see it with your naked eye at all times — or have a dedicated observer who can. These rules exist to keep dumb drones (and reckless pilots) from crashing into people, property, and other aircraft in the skies, Sean Hollister reports for The VergeContinue reading original article.

The Intelligent Aerospace take:

October 9, 2020 -The North Carolina Department of Transportation became the latest organization to be granted a waiver from the FAA to fly unmanned aerial systems beyond the visual line of sight (BVLOS). The agency provided NCDOT a blanket waiver to fly Skydio drones as a means to inspect bridges anywhere in the state for four years. Logistics giants UPS and Amazon have also been granted permission by the FAA to fly BVLOS with their delivery drones, as did the Chula Vista Police Department in California.

Related: Skydio launches R1 autonomous, self-flying camera powered by Nvidia Jetson AI supercomputer

Related: Harris partnering with North Dakota organizations to develop, test BVLOS network for UAS operations

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Jamie Whitney, Associate Editor
Intelligent Aerospace

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