Swiss manufacturer and operator Rigitech recently completed a new beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) route in the Czech Republic in partnership with local U-Space provider UpVision. While broadening flight authorisations and operating experience in the region, RigiTech continues to expand, adding to the growing list of European countries where the Swiss technology has been approved for delivery flights according to EASA regulations – including Switzerland, France, Denmark, and Italy.
The route was created within the working framework of the SESAR (Single European Sky ATM Research) agenda and continues RigiTech’s partnerships with local teams of operators such as UpVision, to execute new BVLOS routes throughout Europe.
The successful drone delivery flights that took place at the Brno–Tuřany Airport were one of the first approved unmanned aircraft drone routes outside the visual line of sight, with a remote control pilot, within controlled airspace in the Czech Republic. This project was made possible by the participation and cooperation of the Czech Civil Aviation Authority, air navigation services, Brno Airport and other partners.
Bringing BVLOS drone delivery to another European nation, RigiTech explored applications of drone logistics solutions for various industries, such as healthcare, emergency services and industrial sites. Flying about 10 km, the operation also emphasised continuous improvement of the RigiCloud software and UpVision U-Space service stack enabling, among others, automatic reactions to flight contingencies, in preparation for future operations in the region and planification of routes on a larger scale in the Czech Republic.
“We’re proud of our work towards making drone delivery a reality. Once more our team and our technology have proven to meet the current standards and regulations to help our partners fly BVLOS in Europe. This means we’re on the right track, focusing on safety and automation, to become the main drone manufacturer in Europe,” said David Rovira, Chief Business Officer at RigiTech.
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