Through the NASA Systems Integration and Operationalization (SIO) demonstration activity, Bell will use the APT 70 to demonstrate a simulated commercial mission in the national airspace system and conduct beyond visual line of sight
(BVLOS) flight operations.
Because of the demands of online shopping, companies like Amazon Air, Google, Uber Eats and UPS all want to refine delivery efficiency and have sought approval to fly drones in urban areas at night beyond visual line of sight
The FAA restricts such aircraft over populated areas, at night, and beyond visual line of sight
Burgum followed that action by proposing a statewide UAS infrastructure network to support UAS flights beyond visual line of sight
. The state Legislature in April approved $28 million for the statewide network, as well as $2 million to support test site operations and $3 million to upgrade infrastructure at the Grand Sky business development park.
He continued: "Currently all drone flights, unless specifically approved by the CAA, need to operate within what is termed 'visual line of sight
' for the operator.
Although everyone hopes the need will be small for that kind of service, it's significant because it will mark the first time that drones will be legally allowed to deliver a package beyond visual line of sight
(BVLOS) of the operator.
You have to see "if you can actually test the vehicle in an urban space without having visual line of sight
over people with buildings," said Shivika Sahdev, with the consulting firm McKinsey.
These rules required operators to pass a knowledge test and register the drone, and they set limits on where (not over people or beyond visual line of sight
) and when (daytime only) drones could be operated, without a waiver.
Combined, these improvements enable commercial organizations to scale and manage their drone programs while laying the technical foundations for Beyond Visual Line of Sight
(BVLOS) and nighttime operations.
The key to unlocking the potential of the commercial UAS industry is the ability for UAS to fly beyond visual line of sight
and, eventually, autonomously.
The national waiver allows State Farm to conduct drone operations over people (OOP) and flights beyond the pilots visual line of sight
(BVLOS) through November 2022.
They said "safety had not been assured", adding that the drone was being flown above the visual line of sight
limit "such that it was endangering other aircraft at that location".