Aerial Vantage joins US BEYOND programme following partnership with North Carolina test programme

Aerial Vantage has signed an agreement with the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) to be part of the state’s Unmanned Aircraft Systems programme. With the signing, Aerial Vantage becomes an official partner of the BEYOND program.

In 2017, NCDOT was one of 10 State, local, and tribal government Lead Participants selected into the Integration Pilot Program (IPP), and one of the eight that continued into its successor the BEYOND initiative, with the goal of enabling repeatable and scalable BVLOS operations. NCDOT has been an integral partner in both programs, with NCDOT and its team members advancing commercial and medical package delivery and infrastructure inspection operations, including receiving the first part 135 air carrier certificate for a drone operator. NCDOT and its team members have also flown more than 15,000 flights under IPP and BEYOND, the most of any of the lead participant teams.

The State presents plenty of opportunities for Aerial Vantage to fly its core remote sensing missions while testing various facets of beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) flights. It’s a perfect fit with use cases to innovate toward BVLOS flight.

Aerial Vantage is enthusiastic about the opportunity to be on the NCDOT team. There are many opportunities to bring mutual benefit through flights, research, training and path-breaking safety use cases.

The North Carolina Department of Transportation’s Unmanned Aerial Systems program is one of eight programs in the country selected for the Federal Aviation Administration’s BEYOND initiative to pave the way for routine commercial and government drone use in the National Airspace System.

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