SAN FRANCISCO – Recognizing the challenges organizations face advancing commercial drone services to perform long distance and remotely piloted missions,Â Iris AutomationÂ has launched theÂ Canada Pathfinder Program, an all-in-one solution to streamline the complex steps required to achieve BVLOS approvals and experience.
Iris Automation has partnered with two ofÂ Canada’sÂ leading RPAS (remotely piloted aircraft system) test facilities for support, training and proving BVLOS flight competency -Â Foremost UAS Test RangeÂ inÂ AlbertaÂ andÂ UAS Center of Excellence (CED)Â inÂ Alma, Quebec.
The program includes flight training, assistance gaining BVLOS approvals, a BVLOS safety system, engineering and regulatory support, and test center access. The Program is open to any organizations interested in operating BVLOS services insideÂ Canada.
The benefits the Canada Pathfinder Program delivers:
- A baseline of pre-requisites needed for achieving BVLOS advanced operations approvals from Transport Canada (TC).
- Expedited issuance of TC Special Flight Operations Certificate (SFOC) for BVLOS flights within test centers.
- Team training and standard procedures on how to perform safe BVLOS operations.
- The BVLOS flight experience needed to apply for subsequent SFOC approvals.
Quote fromÂ William De Keiser, Director of the Cluster of Excellence, CED
“We see incredible interest in utilizing commercial drone operations but concerns about how to launch a program safely, efficiently and in compliance with current regulations. Teaming with Iris Automation to provide this complete program will help many companies to finally embrace the potential of drone operations.Â As a Canadian pioneer in the civil and commercial RPAS industry, we are proud to continue to develop the technologies and skills that speed up the advent of safe and well-integrated BVLOS flight in Canadian airspace.”
Quote fromÂ Doug Hanna, General Manager of the Foremost UAS Test Range
“Our primary aim is to advance BVLOS operations inÂ Canada. We look forward to working with Iris Automation to help drone companies move from VLOS to safe BVLOS operations.”
Quote fromÂ Gabrielle Wain, vice president of regulatory affairs at Iris Automation
“Our work inÂ Canada, specifically with Transport Canada and the RPAS test sites, has demonstrated the incredible opportunities the country offers for advanced commercial drone solutions. We’re excited to partner with the CED Alma and Foremost as a way to bring the expertise required to local markets and help jumpstart the efforts for organizations keen to get started.”
In October,Â TransportÂ CanadaÂ issued the second Special Flight Operations Certificate (SFOC) for Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) flights in uncontrolled airspace utilizing infrastructure masking andÂ Iris Automation’sÂ onboard detect-and-avoid (DAA) solution toÂ MVT Geo-solutions.
Under this SFOC, MVT, the UAS Center of Excellence (CED Alma), and Iris Automation are partnering to conduct commercial missions over linear power lines inÂ Alma, Quebec. Approval was granted to include the utilization ofÂ Iris Automation‘s DAA system,Â Casia, which provides commercial drones with automated collision avoidance maneuvers.
Iris Automation is committed to developing critical detection technologies and working closely with global policymakers and regulators to develop appropriate BVLOS safety standards. Ultimately for commercial drone use to become widespread, clear standards for incorporating onboard DAA will be necessary to ensure a high degree of air safety.Â
About Iris Automation
Iris Automation is a safety avionics technology company pioneering Detect-and-Avoid (DAA) systems and aviation policy services that enable customers to build scalable Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) operations for commercial drones; operations unlocking the potential of countless industries. Iris’ DAA system runs entirely onboard Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), allowing them to fly safely at long distances and without human intervention. We work closely with civil aviation authorities globally as they implement regulatory frameworks ensuring BVLOS is conducted safely, partnering on multiple FAA BEYOND UAS Integration Programs and Transport Canada’s BVLOS Technology Demonstration Program. Iris is recognized by AUVSI as the number one Technology and Innovation Leader for 2020.Â VisitÂ www.irisonboard.com.