Kansas DOT Notches Milestone BVLOS Flight

The Kansas Department of Transportation’s (KDOT) Unmanned

Aircraft Systems (UAS) Integration Pilot Program (IPP) has successfully

completed the first beyond-visual-line-of-sight (BVLOS) drone operation using

only onboard detect-and-avoid systems.

The flight marks the first time under Part 107 the FAA has

authorized an operation to fly BVLOS without a requirement for visual observers

or a ground-based radar. The FAA’s approval for the flight was granted based on

the utilization of Iris Automation’s detect-and-avoid system, called Casia,

which provides commercial...

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