Earlier this week, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approved beyond-visual-line-of-sight (BVLOS) flights of unmanned aircraft across 35 miles of New York’s 50-mile drone corridor.
Groningen Airport Eelde in The Netherlands has lofty goals for sustainable electric flight and hydrogen-powered flight. The airport inked a collaboration deal with the British company Electron Aviation during a ceremony on Thursday. In addition, for the first time, a BVLOS drone flight was performed in the regulated airspace of a Dutch airport when the pilot was not there.
EHang, a Chinese firm, has successfully completed a series of long-distance test flights in restricted airspace with both a two-person EHang 216 drone taxi and a Falcon freight drone. The flights were conducted in Estonia as part of a European initiative looking into new types of air travel. It was the first time a taxi drone flew in Estonian airspace using BVLOS.
The Belgian surveying company Vansteelandt recently successfully inspected a high-voltage route of the Belgian grid operator Elia in Belgium by means of a drone. What is special is that a distance of no less than 60 miles was covered. The drone inspection was carried out with the SDO 50 V2 helicopter drone from the Swiss manufacturer SwissDrones. EuroUSC and SkeyDrone took care of the application...
The Dutch engineering and consultancy firm Antea Group has conceived a plan for a long-distance drone flight of 470 miles from the Frisian Oranjewoud town to the Danish city of Copenhagen next year. The aim is to show the possibilities for collecting data at great distances. For practical reasons, the flight will be carried out in stages.
The Hong Kong-based company Sky Drone is the first drone manufacturer in the world to market a ready-to-fly drone that is controlled via 5G, the Sky Drone Mk1. According to Sky Drone, this brings BVLOS flying one step closer. The aircraft weighs less than 4 kg and offers a flight time of 45 minutes. The drone can be controlled using different ground stations.
A drone controlled by a pilot 60 miles away via a 5G connection has made a number of successful test flights over Brussels Airport. The flights were part of a pilot project to see whether drones can be used at the airport for inspections and security. The airport is also experimenting with a detection system for unwanted drones.