Blue-Chip Unmanned Aerial Solutions Inc. (Blue-Chip UAS) says it is now the first company in the U.S. to receive Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approval for Section 333 exemption across multiple industries.
Blue-Chip UAS received the authorization last month to provide service solutions, using the FAA-certified Sensurion Magpie UAS, across the oil and gas, wildlife, agriculture, and aerial photography industries.
The company says its exemption authorizes UAS flight operations within five nautical miles of any airport or airfield inside Class E airspace with an approved Certificate of Authorization, airport manager approval and issuance of a Notice to Airmen.
‘The fact we are approved to operate inside 5NM truly shows the FAA's willingness to continue moving forward with the integration process,’ says Clint Stevens, executive director and co-founder of Blue-Chip UAS. ‘This provides our company with a significant opportunity, as it dramatically increases our operational area.’
Blue-Chip UAS' initial customer engagement is within the oil and gas exploration industry for Paragon Geophysical. Proof-of-concept test flights were successfully executed in November at the Nellis AFB UAS test range in conjunction with Sensurion Aerospace, Paragon and the Nevada Institute for Autonomous Systems.
‘This approval enables us to build a solid operational model and employ the Magpie, not only within oil and gas, but in several other industries as well,” adds James Burns, technology director and co-founder. “We intend to build on that model and integrate swappable sensor payloads to meet any requirement our customers may have.’