Canadian regulator Transport Canada has granted a Special Flight Operating Certificate (SFOC) to drone operator Volatus to beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) operations in six locations across Canada.
Volatus will conduct a variety of missions across Canada to demonstrate the power of remotely piloted aircraft systems. BVLOS operations provide for maximum efficiency, allowing survey, imaging, and mapping missions to collect more data in fewer deployments by enabling a drone to cover far greater distances than missions restricted to visual line of sight, says a company press release.
Flights under these conditions will allow commercial service providers to conduct complex, autonomous drone operations in areas generally difficult and expensive to access or dangerous, without risk to human life.
Commenting on this advanced program, Glen Lynch, CEO said “Volatus is committed to advancing BVLOS operations across Canada. We have developed an extensive training program for pilots and procedures for autonomous drone operations. Beginning this month, our team will begin regular flight training missions in all regions in Canada on an ongoing basis – partnering with organizations that want to lead the way into this new frontier.”
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