Beyond Visual Line of Sight: The New Frontier for Commercial Drones

Whitepaper: Achieving BVLOS Operations

In our new whitepaper, you’ll learn about flying drones Beyond the Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS), and the safety measures, technology and training required to conduct successful BVLOS operations. Read it now.

Endless Possibilities

Flying beyond where the eye can see represents the next big opportunity for commercial drone operators and the businesses that rely on them. Not only would most commercial drone operations benefit from BVLOS, the practice opens the door to a range of new applications. The sky is (literally) the limit for what BVLOS can accomplish.

Yet over 99% of BVLOS waiver applications have been rejected by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

At the moment, no one is allowed to fly BVLOS in U.S. airspace without obtaining a special, hard-to-get waiver from the FAA. That means organizations that would stand to benefit from augmenting their operations with BVLOS drones are locked out of capitalizing on the technology’s full potential.

“Flying drones over long distances—an imperative for inspecting miles of oil and gas pipeline in remote areas or hundreds of acres of crops—has been all but impossible to-date as the FAA requires very high safety standards from drone operators seeking to fly beyond line of sight,” said Michael Chasen, PrecisionHawk CEO.

Making BVLOS a Reality

To make flying BVLOS more accessible for all, PrecisionHawk spent the past three years working in conjunction with the FAA and MITRE to conduct safety research under the Pathfinder Program. It has allowed us to develop a strong safety case and recommended standards for BVLOS operations.

Combining extensive research and rigorous testing, our research outcomes have been submitted to the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) standards and are available to the public and any drone company seeking to obtain its own waiver to fully realize the benefits of BVLOS drone operations at FAAPathfinderReport.com.

“The completion of the Pathfinder Program marks the end of three years-worth of research that outlines specific recommendations for training and technology to maximize safety and allow for industry expansion.” said Michael Chasen. “Making BVLOS flight accessible is our goal. To achieve it, we’ll be helping enterprises build a safety case, deploy assistive technology, and navigate regulatory requirements.”

Companies interested in applying for a BVLOS waiver from the FAA can visit precisionhawk.com/bvlos for more information on the waiver process.

Read our Free Whitepaper

In our new whitepaper, Opening The Skies To Beyond Visual Line of Sight Drone Operations, you’ll learn:

  • How BVLOS can help businesses collect data in a safer, more cost-efficient manner than traditional methods
  • Recommendations and findings from three years of BVLOS safety research
  • The safety measures, technology, training and hardware needed for successful BVLOS operations
  • How you can integrate BVLOS operations into your existing infrastructure

Ready to take your drone operations out of sight? Read our whitepaper.