Israeli regulator approves Percepto BVLOS inspection flights at three industrial sites

The Civil Aviation Authority of Israel (CAAI) has approved the operation of Percepto drones Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) for three industrial locations in Israel, including national water company Mekorot at its Eshkol site. The approval means that companies using Percepto autonomous drones to monitor their facilities no longer need an observer to be present during their operation.

Percepto gained this BVLOS status due to its solution’s safety, and ease of operation says the company press release. Percepto’s autonomous drone-in-a box and software for industrial sites offers a solution designed to minimize hazards and boost efficiency.

The framework includes the creation of a new Percepto-trained System Operator designation in place of a standard Remote Pilot in Command (RPIC) classification. Percepto’s Israeli customers can now use their drones from a remote location without BVLOS-certified RPICs, a designation originally created for operators of military drones with very rigorous criteria. These customers can implement automated drone programs within a matter of weeks, says the company. Percepto has been using these approvals for short term proof of concept operations at critical infrastructure sites throughout Israel, as well as permanent deployments.

“This advanced framework developed by Percepto and CAAI introduces a new era of drone operations in Israel, and we hope it can set a global standard for other countries to follow,” said Percepto Co-founder and CEO Dor Abuhasira. “As a member of the FAA’s BVLOS Aviation Rulemaking Committee (ARC), Percepto is committed to enabling safe and scalable autonomous drone operations. This latest achievement is another step toward this goal, and our Israeli customers can now more rapidly harness the power of automation to make their sites safer and more efficient.”

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