FAA Gives American Robotics Drones Go Signal to Fly with No Humans Nearby

Among FAA’s basic rules for drone flying is for pilots to keep their drones within sight. However, last year in August, the agency announced the Drone Line-of-Sight Waiver for Public Safety. That is, public safety organizations that fly drones can now apply for a beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) waiver from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). – Read more here.

American Robotics is the first company to be granted this waiver. Although the FAA has approved the use of some drones, it is required that there should at least be human visual observers to keep eyes on the drone along its flight path.[…] American Robotics is, therefore, naturally proud that it is the first to be granted by the FAA a special waiver to operate drones Beyond Visual Line of Sight or BVLOS of an operator. – Read more.

Despite the waiver though, “…humans still need to be part of the equation: FAA documents show that American Robotics will still need to assign a human to each and every flight, who’ll run through a safety checklist before takeoff and inspect the aircraft with remote tools. They’re not fully automated yet, a report by The Verge says. – Read more.

With this, it goes to show American Robotics drones are deemed safe, according to the law firm Hogan Lovells, which provided regulatory counsel and advice to American Robotics in successfully obtaining the first ever FAA approval for operating automated drones without human operators on-site. – Read here.

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Meanwhile, here is more about the BVLOS waiver and the BVLOS waiver guide for first responders released by the FAA.

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