PrecisionHawk Takes On BVLOS Safety
” PrecisionHawk has released a report outlining the operational risks for flying drones beyond the visual line of sight (BVLOS) of the pilot. The company, a member of the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Pathfinder program, has determined that technology assistance is critical to make the safety case for BVLOS flights.
The research is part of phase two of the company’s efforts in the Pathfinder program, which the FAA rolled out last year to facilitate the early introduction of small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) into national airspace.
Specifically, the phase two report identifies the risks associated with the visual detection of an incoming aircraft and the ability for a drone operator to make a safety decision when he or she is operating BVLOS.”
” “ While we believed that technology would be useful for flying BVLOS, we needed a quantitative answer as to whether it would simply make the user’s life easier or it actually impacted the safety of the operation,” explains Dr. Allison Ferguson, director of airspace research at PrecisionHawk. “The FAA needs a clear understanding of the risks associated with advanced drone operations, and this testing sets a visual baseline to measure the level of safety as we add enabling technologies.”
In August, both PrecisionHawk and BNSF Railway earned the right to commercially operate drones BVLOS. Both companies are part of the FAA’s Pathfinder program.”