UAV specialist PrecisionHawk delves deeper into the world of BVLoS with a new framework to progress its consulting programme.
The American company has announced a strategic partnership with Hazon, a drone service provider focused on critical infrastructure inspections for Fortune 500 utility and industrial clients, that will serve as the preferred training partner for PrecisionHawk’s BVLoS waiver consulting program.
“This partnership is the perfect marriage of resources between two best-in-breed companies,” said Hazon CEO and co-founder David A. Culler, Jr.
“Under the FAA Pathfinder Program, PrecisionHawk has developed a strong safety case for enterprises to conduct BVLOS drone operations, of which training and crew experience are a key component, two services where Hazon excels.”
Under the Pathfinder fieldwork, PrecisionHawk recommends a practical performance, at least 15 to 20 hours of VLOS flight and four to six extended visual line of sight missions with a trained operator before BVLoS is attempted.
Tyler Collins, VP airspace services at PrecisionHawk, added: “BVLoS flight operations require significant hands on training due to the inherently complex technical and operational requirements. This partnership with Hazon is not a test case or a proof of concept – we will be enabling production-level, routine BVLOS flight for commercial operations.”
Hazon plans to facilitate the already-growing backlog of training requirements by expanding its training team and opening regional training centres. Details on expansion locations and hiring will be released in coming months.