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FAA Approves Kansas for First BVLOS Drone Flight


The first-ever beyond-visual-line-of-sight (BVLOS) drone operation using only onboard detect-and-avoid systems in the U.S. will be conducted in Kansas following just-received FAA approval, the Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) announced today. It won’t require visual observers or ground-based radar.

A collaboration between Kansas State University Polytechnic Campus, electric utility Westar Energy, Iris Automation, and KDOT, the operation will involve a drone flying a nine-mile track evaluating technologies for inspecting power lines in rural Kansas. It is hoped it will be the…



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