FAA waiver for BVLOS flights in Kansas

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approved Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) drone operation without visual observers or ground-based radar in the Kansas Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Integration Pilot Program (IPP). In a collaborative effort between Kansas State University Polytechnic Campus, Westar Energy, Iris Automation and Kansas Department of Transport (KDOT), the Kansas IPP team will fly a nine-mile track to evaluate technologies to inspect power lines in rural Kansas. The aim is to enable routine commercial infrastructure inspection across the state. The FAA Part 107 BVLOS waiver permits flights by drones equipped with Casia onboard sense-and-avoid systems developed by Iris Automation.

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