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Asylon Secures New FAA Approval for BVLOS Drone Operations

Asylon, Inc.  has announced a new approval from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) drone operations using its American-made drone-in-a-box system. This achievement for the Asylon DroneSentry system marks a pivotal moment in the progression of regulatory approvals that open up the application and viability of drones at scale. […]

Polish Air Navigation Services Agency Launches a New DroneTower Application

The Polish Air Navigation Services Agency launched a new DroneTower mobile application on April 15, 2024, which is now the official IT system for reporting the intention to fly a drone (Check-In). The new free DroneTower application , the creator and sole owner of which is the Polish Air Navigation Services Agency, is available for […]

FAA Grants Civil UAS Operations Waiver for University Operated Nevada Autonomous Test Site

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has granted the Nevada Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) Test Site (UASTS) a waiver (Waiver No. 44803-7) issued under the authority of Title 49 of the United States Code (49 U.S.C.) 44803(c) for civil (non-public) UAS operations at a 1,000 square mile test site area located north of Reno, Nevada. “This […]

First Type Certification Application for 1st Class Fixed-Wing Drones in Japan

ITOCHU Corporation (Keita Ishii, President & COO) has announced that Wingcopter GmbH, a drone development and manufacturing company with which ITOCHU has concluded a capital and business alliance as well as a sales agency agreement, has applied for and received the acceptance of the 1st Class first type certification for a fixed-wing drone under the […]

FREQUENTIS Automated Risk Assessment Tool Means Faster Drone Flight Approva in Lithuania

Oro Navigacija, the air navigation service provider (ANSP) of Lithuania, is extending its Frequentis uncrewed traffic management (UTM) solution with a digital, automated, risk assessment tool to speed up the classification of the risk posed by a drone flight in the specific category of operations and for the identification of mitigations and of the safety […]

UK Future of Flight Action Plan Brings Flying Taxis Closer

Flying taxis, crime-fighting drones and critical 999 care deliveries could all be a reality by 2030 thanks to the government and industry’s joint Future of Flight action plan, announced by the Department for Transport (DfT) on 18 March 2024). Setting out a roadmap for drones and novel electric aircraft in the UK, the plan details how technology […]

Hylio Gets FAA Approval for Swarming Heavy Drones in Agriculture

Farming drone company Hylio has received Federal Aviation Administration approval to deploy up to three drones weighing more than 55 pounds simultaneously with a single pilot and without visual observers, which also allows for nighttime operations. The company said the approval lays the groundwork for customers and other operators to file for the same permissions. […]

Volatus Aerospace Receives FAA Approval for Commercial Agricultural Drone Operations

Volatus Aerospace Corp. announced that it has received authorization from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in the USA for Commercial Agricultural Aircraft Operations using drones. The Operating Certificate, issued under FAA Part 137, integrated with an exemption received in September 2023, allows the Company’s US subsidiary, Volatus Aerospace USA Corp., to operate any drone approved […]

UK Civil Aviation Authority Proposals will Facilitate BVLOS Flights

Inspections of railways, powerlines, and roads as well as critical medical deliveries could be unlocked with new proposals put forward by the UK Civil Aviation Authority to allow further flying of drones beyond the visual line of sight. Proposals set out in a consultation published on February 20th. by the regulator are a step forward […]