Soaring Eagle Technologies is a drone data processing company that offers services for critical infrastructure across the US. The company has achieved one of the first BVLOS Waivers with the help of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The BVLOS Waivers are meant to fly small Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS or drones) for Commercial Inspection Operations under specific guidelines as opposed to particular operations in restrained Geographical areas.
The latest BVLOS approval is nationwide and based on specific operational parameters, which are not confined to specific areas within a particular time frame. The Waiver permits Soaring Eagle Technologies clients to collect data such as LiDar or high-resolution images more quickly and efficiently than traditional manned aviation. Before this latest BVLOS Waiver, Soaring Eagle Technologies had received acceptance to inspect a maximum range of 61 linear miles, one of the wider distances approved by the FAA for distribution and transmission operations.
The recent FAA approval for BVLOS drones for commercial missions allows asset managers to inspect critical infrastructure and other electric utility corridors. This helps them to collect more data on the condition of assets and vegetation and better Return on Investment. The long-range Waiver lets commercial and industrial clients inspect vegetation audits and detailed mapping in large geographical areas ranging from 800-3000 acres.
The Remote Pilot-in-Command (RPIC) mission was to use Casia to enable BVLOS flights with the safety components of Iris Automation’s Advanced DDA (Detection-And-Avoid) technology system. In addition, the FAA distributes BVLOS drones based on the pilots’ and management’s proven safety norms.