What is BVLOS flight & that does it mean for commercial drone industry
“Beyond visual line of sight” (BVLOS) is the most talked about concept in the commercial drone world today. It means that drones fly beyond the visual line of sight of the operator. There are 2 key factors that make BVLOS flight a tipping point for commercial drone industry expansion. The first is enabling service providers to conduct complex drone operations. The second is enabling drones to be able to conduct truly unmanned flight with no pilot needed for take-off or landing.
BVLOS is the next step in the future of drone operations, but drones have to become “airworthy” to get there. There are technical and regulatory requirements that must be addressed. The primary concern for manufacturers and pilots of BVLOS systems will be meeting the dynamic regulatory requirements for “airworthiness” put forth by the FAA.
Successful flight depends on “see and avoid”. NASA has suggested that instead of “see and avoid’, UAVs should be held to a standard of “detect and avoid”, where the UAS is able to use computers and sensors to detect nearby air traffic and safely navigate accordingly. Read more