In-Flight Data has put its name in history by securing a place in the Guinness World Record book for drone flights carried out as part of a senseFly backed BVLOS project.
The Canadian commercial drone operator received three accolades in total.
The first was for the longest cumulative beyond visual-line-of-sight battery-powered UAV flight at 2,723.04km.
Secondly, it achieved the longest cumulative urban flight for a beyond-visual-line-of-sight civilian UAV in the small class category for a drone up to 25 kg. It travelled 414km.
And finally, it broke the record for the longest single urban flight for a beyond-visual-line-of-sight civilian UAV in the small class category for travelling 40km.
The Guinness World Records were awarded specifically for BVLOS flights conducted in Calgary, Alberta, which saw the City of Calgary commission In-Flight Data to collect mapping data for the development of a new cemetery.
This resulted in In-Flight Data completing North America’s first urban BVLOS drone project in a major urban area.
Using a senseFly eBee Plus fixed-wing drone, In-Flight Data successfully conducted a total of 414km BVLOS flight, at an average distance of 2.35km from the pilot.
Chris Healy, owner of In-Flight data said: “The success of this groundbreaking project was a real milestone for us and the wider UAS industry, and we are over the moon to now become Guinness World Record holders.
He added: “Not only did we demonstrate that BVLOS operations can be carried out in urban environments, thanks to the senseFly drones and the other airspace intelligence technologies built into their eMotion software that made it possible, we were also able to show that BVLOS is a safe, efficient and cost-effective tool that has the potential to revolutionise both rural and urban commercial drone operations.”