FAA approves uAvionix beyond visual line of sight exemption with Vantis network

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has approved the uAvionix application to operate an Uncrewed Aircraft System (UAS) Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) in North Dakota through the use of the Vantis Command and Control (C2) and Detect and Avoid (DAA) network. Specifically, the exemption grants the use of the Vantis network to satisfy right-of-way regulations and the requirement for the operator to hold a pilot’s license under Part 61. The application referenced exemption to, among others, 14 CFR 91.113(b) and 14 CFR 61.3(a)(1).

Earlier this year, the FAA asked for public comment on four requests for exemptions by different UAS operators who represent a broad set of use cases with the intent that these exemptions could be rulemaking – i.e., precedent setting, in order to help move the industry forward in the absence of formal BVLOS rules.

The uAvionix exemption relates to the network infrastructure as it provides command and control and DAA capability. The application was put together by the Vantis team consisting of the Northern Plains UAS Test Site, Thales, uAvionix, and others. uAvionix serves as the UAS manufacturer and operator, and brings C2 and DAA technologies to the project.

Vantis aims to develop and implement a commercially operational UAS BVLOS flight system throughout North Dakota and other states that can enable the UAS industry to grow.

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