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Transport Canada approves BVLOS commercial drone operations using Iris Automation’s “Casia Safety Technology”

Transport Canada has issued the second Special Flight Operations Certificate (SFOC) for Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) in uncontrolled airspace to MVT Geo-Solutions, reports a press release.

Employing Iris Automation’s on-board detect-and-avoid (DAA) system, MVT will partner to conduct commercial flights over linear power lines in Alma, Quebec. The approval includes the use of Iris Automation’s DAA system, Casia, which provides automated collision avoidance maneuvers. These flights will herald the partnership’s first BVLOS flights outside of the CED Alma test range. It is the second waiver the partnership has secured in Canada.

Jon Damush, CEO of Iris Automation, said, “This permission further demonstrates how the Casia DAA system is helping to advance the use of drones.” He continued, “They offer tremendous promise in terms of safety and economics as compared to piloted aviation alternatives, but we must integrate them into the airspace safely. Seeing and avoiding other aircraft is paramount to that safety, and steps like this are key to unlocking the promise of drones.”

Mr. Alain Fortin, President of the UAS Centre of Excellence, added, “Obtaining the SFOC is a first in Quebec.” The outcome of these flight missions will assist in developing more complex operations in the future.

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