Regulation

Iris Automation seeks to jumpstart commercial BVLOS ops in Canada

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Iris Automation has launched the Canada Pathfinder Program, an all-in-one solution aimed at streamlining the complex steps required to achieve BVLOS approvals and experience. Iris Automation has partnered with two of Canada’s leading RPAS (remotely piloted aircraft system) test facilities for support, training and proving BVLOS flight competency - Foremost UAS Test Range in Alberta and UAS Center of Excellence (CED) in Alma, Quebec. The program includes flight training, assistance gaining BVLOS approvals, a BVLOS safety system, engineering and regulatory support, and test center access. The program is open to any organizations interested in operating BVLOS services inside Canada. William
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SkySensus contracted to run Canada’s UAV traffic management trials

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SkySensus, an R&D project funded and led by Peraton Canada for the research and development, and commercialisation of Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) in unmanned systems, has been selected to fulfill Canada’s Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) Traffic Management (RTM) Service Trials. The RTM Service Trails were granted to SkySensus, in partnership with Unifly, to develop the requirements, performance levels  and deployment of services needed for Canada’s RPAS Traffic Management system. “We are thrilled to partner with SkySensus as the consortium offers the expertise, experience, and technology components required to enable safe routine BVLOS operations,” said Laurent Huenaerts, VP &
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Australian drone registration to go live later this month

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CASA, the Australian regulator, will soon require drone pilots to register drones which were recently exempt. Those flying in the sub 2kg or flying over your own land exemption category will now need to register from September 30. This must be done by January 28, 2021. CASA, which can be completed through the myCASA portal, says the registration will help ensure people are flying responsibly. It went on to explain that it is currently consulting on proposed charges which include an initial fee-free period as well as the introduction of a simplified fee structure for other regulatory services – providing
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LMT conducts first cross-border drone flight on mobile network

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LMT has successfully completed the first cross-border drone flight in Latvia on its mobile network. The cross-border flight was performed during the LAMPA Conversation Festival within the scope of a discussion on the future role of drones in society. A live video was streamed at the event demonstrating not only the drone's flight Beyond the Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS), but also its crossing of the Latvian-Estonian border, where it connected to the Estonian mobile network for the final leg of the journey. This demonstration was a meaningful step toward understanding the technological capabilities of drones, expanding the scope of
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CAA to draft drone regulations for Thailand aviation authority

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The UK CAA has been appointed by CAA Thailand (CAAT) to draft new drone regulations. The nine-month project will allow CAAT to safely integrate the operations of Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) into Thailand’s aviation system. UAS experts from the British aviation regulator will start by assessing Thailand’s primary legislation and determine any areas for consideration for UAS regulations. UK aviation regulators will work with CAAT to draft new ICAO compliant operating UAS regulations, harmonised with EASA standards. CAAi (CAA international) will also support CAAT with industry engagement to ensure air transport and UAS operators understand how to comply with the
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