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Steve Bennett

Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS)

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A miracle? :D Seriously, I don't understand the need for BVLOS for most traditional UAV operations(real estate, construction, inspections). Flying BVLOS is like flying a manned aircraft looking through a straw, thanks to the limited Field of view of the camera. I know Amazon has a PR wet dream of drone deliveries, but probably limited to rural and very sparsely populated areas. However, under the current very crowded national airspace ATC system. UAV BVLOS over densely populated cities like Denver or Los Angeles is at least 20 years or more away.

Mandatory ADS-B by 2020 under the FAA's NextGen program will help expedite the BVLOS progress for UAV's, with miniature cheap devices. IMHO we are a long way away from BVLOS. UTM, or Unmanned Aerial Systems Traffic Management is still in its infancy. But I could be wrong; your mileage may vary. (I'm not  a Ludite but all in on the technology bandwagon, just a pragmatic)

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So why are so many people, both hobbyist and commercialist, flying BVLOS if it is not allowed? Many sUAS pilots I have talked to fly 1-1.5 miles away which is BVLOS. I'm sure they are flying at their own risk when doing this but why chance it?

 

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Because they are reckless boobs and uncaring of the right of others (legal operators), who only care about themselves and not the harm they are doing to the rest of us. And the should be reported to your local FSDO.

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And in addition, these morons will eventually suffer a flyaway and if the a/c is FAA registered (chances are it isn't) and if it is found and turned over to FAA, these idiots could be in deep doggy doo-doo.  I know an inspector who covers the entire state of Georgia and he would LOVE to get his hands on one of those fly aways.  Makes his job simple.  Oh wait, I forgot, the rules don't apply to those special "pilots".  Never mind.

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4 hours ago, Luke Dillon said:

So why are so many people, both hobbyist and commercialist, flying BVLOS if it is not allowed? Many sUAS pilots I have talked to fly 1-1.5 miles away which is BVLOS. I'm sure they are flying at their own risk when doing this but why chance it?

 

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I agree it's a stretch for asking for BVLOS in major metropolitan areas but the company I work at deals with a lot of railway projects. To be able to send a drone on a mapping missoin down the tracks and return with current imagery would be a tremendous time saver. Where a lot of the tracks run is wilderness without humans or other aircraft around for the most part. If you had a decent fixed wing aircraft with a scanning camera and several look out cameras that provided realtime feedback to a team of pilots, why not? 

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Steve, I believe the folks @Uaviator53 was referring to and I was as well, are the ones that are simply doing it because they can.  FAA has already granted permission to BNSF for "Visual Line of Sight Aircraft Operation"   and that was on Aug 29, day 1 of part 107.  We're not talking about professional commercial operations conducted legally.  

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11 hours ago, Steve Bennett said:

I agree it's a stretch for asking for BVLOS in major metropolitan areas but the company I work at deals with a lot of railway projects. To be able to send a drone on a mapping missoin down the tracks and return with current imagery would be a tremendous time saver. Where a lot of the tracks run is wilderness without humans or other aircraft around for the most part. If you had a decent fixed wing aircraft with a scanning camera and several look out cameras that provided realtime feedback to a team of pilots, why not? 

Agreed, why not?  I was referring to " most traditional UAV operations " there are always exceptions.

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