Transport Canada has approved FIXAR’s revolutionary drone design for flights in Canada, so that it can begin flying missions in controlled airspace and close to people, whilst opening the skies to commercial and industrial-related clients, reports suasnews.com. This breakthrough occurs as the company officially launches its product in the North American market.
This approval means that Transport Canada is satisfied the FIXAR drone meets federal requirements in accordance with Part IX of the Canadian Aviation Regulations (CARs) and that this Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS) is suitable for advanced operations in both controlled and uncontrolled airspace around Canada.
“We are thrilled with this approval and to bring the FIXAR VTOL to North America,” enthused Vasily Lukashov, FIXAR CEO and inventor. “This design has all of the benefits of both quadcopter and fixed-wing drones, with none of their downsides.”
The FIXAR takes off like a helicopter and flies like an airplane. Technically, this is referred to as a Fixed-Wing Vertical Take-off and Landing device or VTOL. It is a design that offers the convenience of a quadcopter, but has the range and efficiency associated with a traditional winged design. It can take off and land anywhere and no launchers or capture devices are required.
Most VTOL drones with wings require that the angle of the motors change when transitioning from vertical to horizontal flight. FIXAR uses a Fixed Angle Rotor system, meaning fewer moving parts or potential failure points. Transitions are smooth and all motors are in use throughout missions. Unlike designs that shut down motors during forward flight, the FIXAR carries no “dead weight” during flights.
This configuration, in conjunction with its two-kilogram payload capacity, makes the FIXAR ideal for a multitude of applications. These tasks includes last-mile delivery, aerial photography and mapping/ photogrammetry, laser scanning (LiDAR) and critical infrastructure monitoring.
The FIXAR drones, designed by Vasily Lukashov and manufactured in Latvia, also utilise Closed-Source software and proprietary hardware for additional safety and security, including data integrity. The product offers a stable and reliable platform that is attracting interest from service providers globally.
The company began selling its products in Eastern Europe and Central Asia at the close of 2019. It entered the Canadian and US markets in July, 2020. FIXAR products are now available in Canada through a partnership with videodrone.ca.
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