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Unmanned Vehicle Technologies and uAvionix Announce FAA BVLOS Waiver for Michigan Test Site – sUAS News – The Drone Business
Unmanned Vehicle Technologies and uAvionix Announce FAA BVLOS Waiver for Michigan Test Site – sUAS News – The Drone Business

Casia G’s advanced DAA system accelerates the trend toward approved, safe and effective BVLOS operations

Fayetteville, AR, and Bigfork, MT — Unmanned Vehicle Technologies, LLC (UVT) and uAvionix are pleased to jointly announce that UVT has received a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) waiver to operate small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS) beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) at their Michigan test site. This waiver, granted under Part 107 regulations, enables UVT to significantly enhance operational capabilities and open up new opportunities for remote enterprise applications.

The exemption, designated 107W-2024-01230, allows UVT to conduct BVLOS operations without visual observers (VOs). This capability is enabled by the integration of the uAvionix Casia G ground-based detect-and-avoid (DAA) system, which provides comprehensive airspace surveillance and ensures the safe operation of drones beyond the visual line of sight of the Remote Pilot in Command (PIC).

Capacity expansion with proven technology

The uAvionix Casia G system was critical to obtaining this exemption. Casia G is an advanced DAA solution designed to detect and avoid other aircraft, enabling safe and reliable BVLOS operations. This technology was already highlighted in the recent approval of UVT’s customer, the Oswego City Police Department’s Drone as a First Responder (DFR) program, which also uses the Casia G system.

“We are very pleased to receive this waiver from the FAA, which validates our commitment to safety and innovation in the UAS industry,” said Matthew Rybar, Vice President of Remote Operations at UVT. “The uAvionix Casia G system is a game changer that allows us to expand our operational capabilities and explore new applications for our technology.”

Supporting a growing trend

The granting of this exemption to UVT reflects a broader trend in the UAS industry, where both commercial companies and public safety agencies are increasingly receiving BVLOS exemptions. These approvals underscore the critical role of advanced DAA technologies such as Casia G in ensuring the safety and efficiency of UAS operations.

“The success of our technology in obtaining BVLOS waivers for both UVT and the Oswego City Police Department is a testament to its reliability and effectiveness,” said Jon Damush, CEO of uAvionix. “We expect more companies and agencies to follow suit and leverage Casia G’s capabilities to enhance their UAS operations.”

Applications and future impacts

With the ability to conduct BVLOS operations, UVT is poised to explore a range of applications including infrastructure inspection, agricultural monitoring and emergency response. The Michigan test site will serve as a proving ground for these applications and demonstrate the potential of BVLOS operations to transform industries and improve operational efficiency.

The FAA’s waiver includes several provisions to ensure safety, such as maintaining a maximum flight altitude of 240 feet above the ground, using geofencing to delimit operating areas, and using pre-planned routes for automated flights. In addition, the Casia G system must be operational during all BVLOS operations and provide real-time airspace information to the remote PIC.

About Unmanned Vehicle Technologies, LLC

Unmanned Vehicle Technologies, LLC (UVT) is a leading provider of innovative UAS solutions for a wide range of applications. With a commitment to safety, reliability and performance, UVT continues to push the boundaries of what is possible with unmanned aerial systems.

For more information about UVT and its services, visit the UVT website at https://uvt.us.


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