Drone start-up Airobotics has received a Part 107 waiver from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to fly automated drones beyond the visual line of sight (BVLOS) without a visual observer, as well as over people.
The waiver permits Airobotics to operate from the company’s remote operations center in Scottsdale, Ariz. The authorized operations state, specifically, “Small unmanned aircraft system (sUAS) operations beyond the visual line of sight of the remote pilot in command (PIC) and visual observer (VO), in lieu of visual line of sight (VLOS), and sUAS operations over human beings.”
Airobotics plans to put the BVLOS capability to use primarily in the mining sector, as well as for other industrial sites in the U.S.
“We recently opened our U.S. headquarters in Arizona, and this latest certification opens the gateways to offering American mining companies, seaports, major construction projects, and in the future, smart cities, an optimal means of increasing efficiency and safety while decreasing operational costs,” says Ran Krauss, CEO and co-founder of Airobotics. “As our unique pilotless drone technology and industrial-grade platform continues breaking new ground, we are able to provide customers with a more accurate and frequent data-driven solution that is the only one of its class in the industry.”
Airobotics, which is currently based out of Israel, recently announced a $30 million Series D round of funding, bringing its total investment to $101 million. The Scottsdale office will become the company’s global headquarters as Airobotics continues to scale.