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Drone Sensors: The Different Types You Should Know About

Fundamentally, a sensor requires information passing from the thing you’re trying to detect to your detector. When you choose a sensor, you’re choosing the physical phenomena you are attempting to capture. In essence, you’re choosing the modality of information transported. There are two main types of sensors, active and passive, and they both have significant […]

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Can You Fly a Drone at Night? Everything You Need to Know

There are many reasons why a person or organization would want to fly a drone at night—either for operations that specifically occur at night, such as delivering emergency medical equipment, to avoid other aircraft since there are fewer flights at night, or to avoid flying over people. In order to fly at night legally in […]

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How Does Amazon Get Around BVLOS?

by Hari Viswanathan The short answer is that Amazon doesn’t “get around” Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS), no one does. Amazon is subject to the same CIvil Aviation Authority (CAA) regulations worldwide as everyone else. While we can’t go behind-the-scenes on what’s happening at Amazon HQ, we can explain what is public knowledge and speculate […]

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Iris Automation Launches Waiver Resource Center

The new product helps drone operators navigate multiple aviation authority regulations when applying for Beyond-Visual-Line-of-Sight waivers for commercial operations San Francisco (June 15, 2020) – Iris Automation today announced its new Waiver Resource Center (WRC), giving drone operators access to expertise and tools for managing the complex waiver submission process for all BVLOS operations.  The […]

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Innovation at Iris Automation

A quick look at where we’re at in June 2020 by Alexander Harmsen, CEO & Cofounder Iris Automation In light of Iris Automation’s selection as a finalist for the 2020 AUVSI XCELLENCE Awards in two categories, including the top prize—XCELLENCE in Innovation, I want to share an overview of the current state of affairs and […]

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A Detailed Walk-Through of How to Obtain a BVLOS Waiver

by Trever Linn Flying Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) requires special regulatory permissions by Civil Aviation Authorities (CAA) around the world, such as the Part 107 waivers issued under the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), or Special Flight Operations Certificates (SFOC) from Transport Canada. These permissions are considered and issued on a case by case basis. […]

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What is Visual Line of Sight (VLOS)? The Rules To Know

by Hari Viswanathan What is Visual Line of Sight (VLOS)? Visual Line of Sight Rules (VLOS) apply to small unmanned aircraft in the same way that Visual Flight Rules (VFR) apply to manned aircraft: VFR are a set of regulations governing piloting an aircraft during weather conditions that allow for visibility. According to the FAA, VFR […]

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Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS): An Introductory Guide

by Hari Viswanathan What is BVLOS? BVLOS means Beyond Visual Line of Sight. The FAA (Federal Aviation Administration of the United State’s) regulatory framework around safe drone flight operation relies on the concept of “see-and-avoid,” which is intended to avoid the risk of a mid-air collision between aircraft.  To begin to understand Beyond Visual Line […]

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Iris Automation joins drone delivery service provider Skyports to trial BVLOS flights in UK CAA Sandbox

London, United Kingdom (UK), 15 April 2020 – Drone delivery service provider Skyports has announced today that it has been accepted into the UK Civil Aviation Authority’s (CAA) Regulatory Sandbox to trial beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) flights in non-segregated airspace. The Regulatory Sandbox is a programme established by the UK CAA to create an environment where innovation […]

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The new Iris Automation Waiver Resource Center

The commercial drone industry continues to grow and evolve, with companies innovating technologies that increase flight duration, data capture, autonomy, safety, and more. But taking advantage of this innovation within national airspace is difficult. Despite government investment in programs to drive deeper integration of drones and our shared airspace, flight is still narrowly confined by […]

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