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BVLOS Flight No Visible Observers

Volatus Aerospace with FlightOps OS Receives Canada’s First Certificate for BVLOS flight, no visual observers.

by DRONELIFE Staff Writer Ian M Crosby

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Volatus Aerospace, using the FlightOps OS, has become the first company in Canada to obtain a Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) Special Flight Operations Certificate (SFOC), authorizing the operation of drones without the need for a visual observer. Awarded by Transport Canada, the certificate will enable Volatus Aerospace to scale its unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) operations and begin BVLOS training in several locations throughout the country.

“This achievement has broken through a major barrier and opened the door to commercial opportunities that have only been dreamed about but until today have been just out of reach,” said Volatus CEO Glen Lynch. “Remote operations beyond visual line of sight are now a reality for Volatus. Commercialization begins now.”

The FlightOps OS is a BVLOS, multi-drone operating system providing any drone operation with scalability through high levels of autonomy and cloud connectivity. Integration of the operating system allows drone service providers to scale their operations and simultaneously manage multiple drones in a shared airspace worldwide.

“Volatus Aerospace using our software to become the first company certified to operate drones beyond visual line of sight in Canada is a proud achievement,” said FlightOps CEO Shay Levy. “This landmark accomplishment reiterates that the FlightOps OS enables air mobility and scalability for businesses and their respective drone operations. Our software transforms previously unthinkable opportunities into real possibilities that will lead to the commercialization of drone deliveries worldwide.”

This is the latest in a series of major announcements from FlightOps this summer, following a commercial agreement with drone services provider DroneUp in June, and an announcement in July that it was using its software to deliver medical laboratory tests by drone between two hospitals in Israel .

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Ian attended Dominican University of California, where he received a BA in English in 2019. With a lifelong passion for writing and storytelling and a keen interest in technology, he is now contributing to DroneLife as a staff writer.

Miriam McNabb is the Editor-in-Chief of DRONELIFE and CEO of JobForDrones, a professional drone services marketplace, and a fascinated observer of the emerging drone industry and the regulatory environment for drones. Miriam has penned over 3,000 articles focused on the commercial drone space and is an international speaker and recognized figure in the industry. Miriam has a degree from the University of Chicago and over 20 years of experience in high tech sales and marketing for new technologies.
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