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Reno Partnership Aims to Equip Fire Department with Drones to Conduct Life-Saving River Search and Rescue Operations

Iris Automation conducts live demonstration flights of air safety solution for Reno Fire Department under FAA’s Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration Pilot Program RENO, NEVADA (October 23, 2020) – Under the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Integration Pilot Program (IPP), earlier this week Iris Automation conducted a live drone flight demonstration for the […]

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Iris Automation WINS Technology & Innovation Category, and Places Third in Commercial Enterprise Operation or Solution Category at 2020 AUVSI XCELLENCE Award

Announced at AUVSI XPONENTIAL awards ceremony on October 6 ARLINGTON, Va. — October 6, 2020 – Iris Automation has been named first place winner in the Technology & Innovation category and third in the Commercial Enterprise Operation or Solution category of the 2020 XCELLENCE Awards by the Association for Unmanned Vehicles Systems International (AUVSI). Iris […]

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Iris Automation Appoints Aerospace Veteran Jon Damush as CEO

San Francisco, Calif. (October 5, 2020) – Commercial drone safety technology innovator Iris Automation announces its new CEO, Jon Damush, effective immediately. Co-founder Alexander Harmsen has been promoted to Chairman of the Board where he will guide strategy for the company and provide thought leadership on beyond line of sight (BVLOS) drone operations. The move […]

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Iris Automation selected as exclusive Detect-and-Avoid provider for Avidrone Aerospace

Avidrone Aerospace to provide Iris Automation’s Casia to power safe beyond-visual-line-of-sight (BVLOS) operations for long-range UAS cargo delivery San Francisco (August 19, 2020) — Iris Automation today announced it has been selected as the exclusive airborne detect-and-avoid (DAA) provider to Avidrone Aerospace, a leading OEM of long-range, cargo delivery and sensor payload aircraft and autopilot […]

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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?

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 at some […]

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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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