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Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) Approved
Source: Percepto
US drone regulation has made slow but steady progress in approving safe, advanced drone operations. For those new to this niche topic, approving advanced commercial drone operations could look like fully autonomous power grid inspections – critical to restoring power infrastructure after a storm. Or autonomous delivery of food and medical supplies (or online shopping orders). Over the past decade, large-scale, streamlined Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) approvals have been the "holy grail" of regulatory approvals – but they’ve always felt just out of reach. That is, until the emergence of the nationwide BVLOS approval.

Previously, organizations would have to apply for case-by-case, site-by-site approval to operate the drones from a remote location. Applications were evaluated by the FAA individually, with the average wait time coming in at around 3 months to a year. Moreover, advanced approvals were only accessible for companies with the right resources and know-how, and even then were often granted for test purposes. Because regulatory processes were so cumbersome, many organizations would resort to using piloted drone services. These services are often costly, with limited availability and no immediate response or situational awareness.

In stark contrast, the nationwide BVLOS approval is the most advanced, large-scale operational approval ever given out by the FAA. It allows organizations to operate Percepto drones remotely from day one. The groundbreaking approval enables those organizations to leverage automated drone operations easily – without jumping through bureaucratic hoops.

Read the full article at Percepto.

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