FAA Approves Kansas For First BVLOS UAV Flight Written 15 August 2019

15 August 2019
Aviation International News reports that “the first-ever beyond-visual-line-of-sight (BVLOS) drone operation using only onboard detect-and-avoid systems in the U.S. will be conducted in Kansas following just-received FAA approval, the Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) announced” Wednesday. The operation, “a collaboration between Kansas State University Polytechnic Campus, electric utility Westar Energy, Iris Automation, and KDOT,” will see a UAV complete a nine-mile flight track “evaluating technologies for inspecting power lines in rural Kansas.” KDOT Director of Aviation Bob Brock said, “The...industry has worked over 10 years to demonstrate the most significant commercial benefit of drone operations within the United States.” He added, “We are proud of the joint state, university, and industry team effort that made this landmark decision possible.”  (Image Credit: Associated Press–©)
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