senseFly has develop into the primary drone operator to be granted anytime Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) authorization in Switzerland. The nation’s Federal Office of Civil Aviation (FOCA) has granted senseFly permission to fly any of its eBee-branded mapping options past the visible sight of a drone’s operator, utilizing observers, with out the necessity to set-up a flight operation ‘Danger Area’ beforehand.
“This country-wide, anytime BVLOS authorisation is a first for Switzerland and we are delighted to be working closely with FOCA to pioneer this kind of flexible, extended use,” mentioned Jean-Christophe Zufferey, senseFly’s CEO. “While this permission is valid only for senseFly, it opens the door for our Swiss eBee customers to apply for, and enjoy, similarly flexible flight conditions. This will, in turn, allow them to grow their businesses by taking on larger, more complex projects.”
BVLOS flight was granted underneath the circumstances that the eBee drones are operated at a most flight top of 500 toes above floor degree (or 1,000 toes over city areas) and use visible observers to every monitor a piece of airspace—with a radius of two kilometres—for different plane. They should additionally have the ability to talk immediately with the drone’s operator in the case of any potential points.
“At senseFly, we are committed to bringing solutions to market that facilitate the seamless and safe cohabitation of drones and manned aircraft,” Zufferey added. “This is why we launched our Safer Together initiative with Air Navigation Pro. It is also why we will be collaborating closely with JARUS on our BVLOS findings and experiences, in order for that group to help the EASA develop the most valuable BVLOS Standard Scenario for future European use.”
Globally, senseFly will not be the primary eBee operator to be granted approval for such prolonged use. Numerous senseFly clients are capable of function underneath comparable circumstances, akin to ATEC-3D in England and France’s main agricultural operator, AIRINOV.
In late 2016, senseFly’s eBee mapping drone was verified as ‘harmless’ by the Italian Civil Aviation Authority (ENAC), enabling Italian eBee homeowners to function their plane far more flexibly, together with flying over city areas, while not having particular authorisation for every operation.