So, Which Drones Can be Flown Beyond the Visual Line of Sight?

Vigilant Aerospace Systems Inc. recently released a list of what it says are commercial drones currently available in the U.S. market that have the flight and communications range to be flown beyond the visual line of sight (BVLOS).

As the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) begins to consider and issue waivers to commercial drone pilots for BVLOS operations under Part 107, Vigilant Aerospace says it is maintaining the list as a free resource to support the emerging industry. Vigilant Aerospace is a provider of flight management and safety systems for both manned and unmanned aircraft.

“We believe that the future of unmanned aircraft in the U.S. has arrived, and only a few obstacles remain for full commercial adoption and use of drones for routine long-range commercial and industrial work,” comments Kraettli L. Epperson, CEO and co-founder of Vigilant Aerospace.

“One of those obstacles is access to drones with the range, command and control capability and payload to do useful work,” Epperson continues. “Our new list is designed to help overcome this obstacle.”

For each drone, the list includes the manufacturer, model, aircraft type, intended purpose, weight, maximum speed, endurance, length, wingspan, maximum takeoff weight, maximum payload, remote range, approximate price and a link to the aircraft on the manufacturer’s website.

“The U.S. market needs flight safety systems and resources to help businesses integrate drones into their core business operations,” Epperson adds. “The only barriers preventing companies from being able to take full advantage of drones right now is knowledge about the available solutions and authorization to fly beyond line of sight. Our goal is to rapidly bridge those gaps and enable the full potential of commercial drones.”

The list can be downloaded here.


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