IN-FLIGHT Data, a commercial drone operator in Canada, has announced three Guinness World Records for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) flights.
The company recently carried out the flights as part of a project with senseFly on drone operations beyond the visual line of sight (BVLOS) in Canada.
IN-FLIGHT has claimed the following records:
- Longest cumulative BVLOS battery-powered UAS flight: 2,723.04 km (1,692 mi)
- Longest cumulative urban flight for a BVLOS civilian UAS (small class – up to 25 kg): 414 km (257 mi)
- Longest single urban flight for a BVLOS civilian UAS (small class – up to 25 kg): 40 km (25 mi)
The Guinness World Records were awarded specifically for BVLOS flights conducted in Calgary, Alberta, which saw the City of Calgary commission IN-FLIGHT Data to collect mapping data for the development of Calgary’s first new cemetery since 1940.
Using a senseFly eBee Plus fixed-wing drone, IN-FLIGHT Data conducted BVLOS flights at an average distance of 2.35 km (1.46 mi) from the pilot.
The initiative was part of IN-FLIGHT Data’s wider BVLOS operations trial conducted across Canada. The aim of the trial is to demonstrate the safety and effectiveness of BVLOS UAS flights.
“The success of this groundbreaking project was a real milestone for us and the wider UAS industry, and we are over the moon to now become Guinness World Record holders,” says Chris Healy, owner of IN-FLIGHT Data. “Not only did we demonstrate that BVLOS operations can be carried out in urban environments, thanks to the senseFly drones and the other airspace intelligence technologies built into their eMotion software that made it possible, we were also able to show that BVLOS is a safe, efficient and cost-effective tool that has the potential to revolutionize both rural and urban commercial drone operations.”
“As one of the first-ever BVLOS UAS operations to take place inside a built-up, densely populated city environment, the learnings and insights that Chris and his team have gained from this project will prove invaluable in helping shape the future of Canadian BVLOS regulations,” adds senseFly’s CEO, Gilles Labossière. “We are delighted to have played a role in obtaining these record-breaking results, and we are excited to see how they might contribute to further optimizing the efficiency of BVLOS operations in urban environments around the world.”