Transport Canada approves Volatus BVLOS operations using ground-based DAA

Volatus Aerospace reports Special Flight Operations Certificate (SFOC) from Transport Canada to conduct Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) service without a visual observer using a ground-based detect and avoid (DAA). Volatus says this is a key milestone in the commercialisation of its Aerieport nesting station and a necessary and important step toward commercializing drone technologies at scale in Canada.

Volatus currently holds authorization to conduct BVLOS training at several locations across Canada. This new SFOC will enable Volatus Aerospace to remotely pilot a Volatus M300 drone integrated with FlightOps’ remote operations software and a CASIA G Optical Detect and Avoid system from IRIS Automation at the Lake Simcoe Regional Airport.

“An SFOC is an authorization, usually on a one-time, single location, or risk level basis given by Transport Canada to operate above and beyond current regulations,” explained Richard Podolski, VP of Flight Operations for Volatus Aerospace. “It’s a very well regulated and safety-oriented method for developing new functionality in an industry or accomplishing what nobody thought to write rules for.”

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