Unmanned Vehicle Technologies and uAvionix Announce FAA BVLOS Waiver for Michigan Remote Operations Site

Casia G advanced detect and avoid system drives growing trend of approved, safe, effective BVLOS operations
July 10, 2024 by
Unmanned Vehicle Technologies and uAvionix Announce FAA BVLOS Waiver for Michigan Remote Operations Site
Unmanned Vehicle Technologies, Adam Hoing

Fayetteville, AR, and Bigfork, MT, July 10, 2024 — Unmanned Vehicle Technologies, LLC (UVT) and uAvionix are pleased to jointly announce that UVT has received a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) waiver to operate small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS) Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) at their remote operations headquarters in Michigan. This waiver, granted under Part 107 regulations, allows UVT to significantly advance operational capabilities, opening new avenues for remote enterprise applications.

The waiver, identified as 107W-2024-01230, permits UVT to conduct BVLOS operations without the need for Visual Observers (VOs). This capability is made possible by the integration of the uAvionix Casia G ground-based detect-and-avoid (DAA) system, which provides comprehensive airspace awareness and ensures the safe operation of drones beyond the visual range of the remote pilot in command (PIC).

Expanding Capabilities with Proven Technology

The uAvionix Casia G system has been crucial in securing this waiver. Casia G is an advanced DAA solution designed to detect and avoid other aircraft, thereby enabling safe and reliable BVLOS operations. This technology was previously highlighted in the recent approval of UVT’s customer, the Oswego City Police Department’s Drone as a First Responder (DFR) program, which also utilizes the Casia G system.

"We are thrilled to have received this waiver from the FAA, which validates our commitment to safety and innovation in the UAS industry," said Matthew Rybar, Vice President of Remote Operations at UVT. "The Casia G system from uAvionix is a game-changer, allowing us to expand our operational capabilities and explore new applications for our technology."

Supporting a Growing Trend

The issuance of this waiver to UVT reflects a broader trend in the UAS industry, where both commercial entities and public safety agencies are increasingly obtaining BVLOS waivers. These approvals underscore the critical role of advanced DAA technologies like Casia G in ensuring the safety and efficiency of UAS operations.

"The success of our technology in securing BVLOS waivers for both UVT and the Oswego City Police Department is a testament to its reliability and effectiveness," said Jon Damush, CEO of uAvionix. "We anticipate that more companies and departments will follow suit, leveraging the capabilities of Casia G to enhance their UAS operations."

Applications and Future Implications

With the ability to conduct BVLOS operations, UVT is poised to explore a range of applications, including infrastructure inspection, agricultural monitoring, and emergency response. The Michigan remote operations site will serve as a proving ground for these applications, demonstrating the potential of BVLOS operations to transform industries and improve operational efficiencies.

The FAA waiver includes several provisions to ensure safety, such as maintaining a maximum altitude of 240 feet above ground level, using geofencing to confine operational areas, and employing pre-planned routes for automated flights. Additionally, the Casia G system must be operational during all BVLOS operations, providing real-time airspace awareness to the remote PIC.

About Unmanned Vehicle Technologies, LLC

Unmanned Vehicle Technologies, LLC (UVT) is a leader in providing innovative UAS solutions for a variety of applications. With a commitment to safety, reliability, and performance, UVT continues to push the boundaries of what is possible with unmanned aerial systems.

For more information about UVT and their services, please visit UVT's website at https://uvt.us

Media Contact

For further information or to arrange interviews, please contact:

UVT Media Relations

Email: [email protected]

Phone: (844)-595-8010

About uAvionix

Founded in 2015, uAvionix is dedicated to bringing safety solutions to the unmanned aviation industry, facilitating the integration of UAS into the national airspace. Their Casia G ground-based DAA system is a cornerstone of their offerings, enabling safe BVLOS operations for a variety of applications.

Media Contact

For more information about uAvionix and their innovative technologies, please visit uAvionix's website at https://uAvionix.com.

uAvionix Media Relations

Email: [email protected]

Phone: (406) 388-4466

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