In an Australian first, Airobotics this week became the first company to receive approval from the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) to conduct beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) flights with no aircrew at a client site.

The approval allows Airobotics, a leading automated drone startup, to operate drones BVLOS from its Remote Operations Center over 1,000 km away.

In the press announcement, Niv Russo, Airobotics’ Vice President of Aviation and Compliance stated:

  • “This landmark approval is a major achievement for Airobotics and its future growth across Australia. Removing aircrews from potentially dangerous environments, like mines, enables customers to extract maximum value and reduce risk from their business operations by leveraging technology and automation.”

According to Russo,

  • “This progression marks the next step for Airobotics as we continue to break new ground in unmanned drone technology to deliver safer and more accurate, data-driven solutions.”
Photo by Shane McClendon

We reached out to Airobotics during the week for further comment on the significance of the event, and what it means for the drone (RPAS) industry in Australia more generally. Airobotics stated:

  • “Airobotics CEO and Co-Founder, Ran Krauss, is extremely proud of the company’s achievement of obtaining this first-of-its-kind regulatory approval. He believes this will forge a path forward for industry-wide developments based on insightful aerial data, and facilitate regulatory approvals for other potential drone services, such as smart cities applications and agile first-responder capabilities.”

Airobotics’ Director of Flight Operations and Chief Remote Pilot, Joe Urli, extended thanks and gratitude to the CASA RPAS team members who worked collaboratively with Airobotics over many months to secure the ground-breaking approval.

About Airobotics

Airobotics has developed a pilotless drone solution, the first of its kind in the global market. Airobotics provides an end-to-end, fully automatic solution for collecting aerial data and gaining invaluable insights. The industrial grade platform is available on-site and on-demand, enabling industrial facilities to access premium aerial data in a faster, safer, more efficient way.

Airobotics was selected by The Wall Street Journal as one of the Top 25 Tech Companies to watch in 2018 and as one of the world’s “Most Innovative Companies” by Fast Company.

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