Advance Your Drone Program Beyond Visual Line of Sight – sUAS News – The Business of Drones

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From improving worker safety to streamlining inspection processes, Skydio’s autonomous flight systems prove their worth every day across a multitude of industries and applications, consistently enabling faster decisions, from better data, for public safety agencies, asset managers and inspection teams.

The emergence of trustworthy autonomy enables new modes of operation, such as close proximity, low-level flight, and remote operation of dock-based drones. These advanced operations beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) provide additional benefits in terms of efficiency and productivity, allowing you to realize the full value and utility of your drone program.

However, current drone regulations are limiting and to conduct these advanced operations, operators must apply for waivers and exemptions. Regulatory approval requires organizations to thoroughly document their program policies and flight operations, showing how risks are mitigated to ensure the safety of other aircraft and people. Skydio’s world-class regulatory team has unrivaled experience helping programs build a solid foundation of aviation professionalism to achieve regulatory approvals, and we’re ready to support your organization.

Introducing Skydio’s Regulatory Services

With Skydio Regulatory Services , we partner with your organization to streamline drone program documentation, demystify the waiver approval process, and help you unlock the full potential of autonomous operations from scratch. Skydio’s unique position of combining reliable autonomous drones with an experienced regulatory team can help take your drone program to the next level. Whether you are establishing your drone program or transitioning to BVLOS and advanced operations, we leverage our expertise to simplify and accelerate the process.

Program Documentation Service

A drone program should be deliberately put in place to define how Skydio drones are used in your organization. Applying the right policies ensures that your employees use Skydio drones in a safe, responsible, helpful and professional manner. Plus, they help your organization recognize and leverage the benefits drones offer, so your program is well positioned to both transition to advanced operations and scale to maximize value.

The deliverables in each of the program’s documentation packages were developed by aviation industry experts who have helped many organizations start and grow successful drone programs. Policy document templates and associated guides help you structure your drone program and give you the knowledge to tailor it to your unique situation, or you can leverage Skydio to take the initiative to create the documentation of the your organization’s program.

Exemption request service

Skydio’s Waiver Application Service helps your organization unlock advanced operations that can drive increased efficiency and even higher levels of productivity. The regulatory approval process can be daunting. A successful application relies on detailed program documentation, a description of the operation, a well-constructed safety case and supporting technical information. Our experienced and proven team of aviation regulatory experts understand the approval process and will help you develop your concept of operations to manage risk, advising you throughout each phase to simplify the complexity of writing a waiver request.

Skydio Regulatory Services for Waiver Requests

A track record of enabling customer success

Our team of aviation regulatory experts have unparalleled experience helping UAS programs establish safety policy, training and documentation to help achieve regulatory approvals. With over 20 years of combined experience and enabling institutions such as BNSF Railway, Dominion Energy, North Carolina Department of Transportation, and Chula Vista PD, we’re ready to support your organization.

Our team can provide additional details and help your organization determine which plan is best for you. Ask your existing Skydio representative or complete the contact form to get in touch with Skydio’s regulatory team and begin the pursuit of advanced operations.

About the Author

Jenn Player is Senior Director of Regulatory Affairs at Skydio. Jenn collaborates with customers, regulators and standards development organizations to unlock safe and efficient autonomous operation of dock-based drones.

Jenn’s early work integrating drones into the national airspace system led to the first civilian long-range BVLOS flight in the continental United States. A contributor to standards development organizations and the FAA’s Drone Advisory Committee, she has led subcommittees on sense and avoid technology. and situational awareness technology solutions for low-level aviators. Jenn also served as co-industry lead for the Aircraft and Systems Working Group on the FAA UAS BVLOS Aviation Regulatory Committee.

Prior to joining Skydio, Jenn founded Avineer LLC, a consulting firm that helps UAS manufacturers navigate the type certification process and companies obtain approvals for BVLOS, teleoperation and other complex operations. She has over 10 years of experience in research, design, testing and operations of unmanned systems.

Jenn graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering from Pennsylvania State University. She holds an FAA remote pilot certificate and a private pilot certificate with ratings on single-engine airplanes and gliders.

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