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FAA Grants First Commercial BVLOS Waiver for a 55+ Pound Drone to GE’s Avitas Systems

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GE-owned Avitas Systems just received the first ever waiver issued by the FAA to fly a drone heavier than 55 pounds BVLOS (Beyond Visual Line of Sight) for commercial purposes, and will be using the waiver for inspections of Shell equipment in West Texas.

Not too long ago Xcel Energy became the first utility granted a BVLOS waiver for power line inspections in Colorado, and they’ve made statements about seeing the potential for expanding their BVLOS inspections to other states where they operate. Similarly, Avitas sees the potential for the inspection model they’re using in Texas to be used for other scenarios, in other locations.

Looks like things are starting to move forward on the BVLOS front. What do you think? Are you excited about the progress, or do you think it's coming too slowly?

Check out today's article to learn more about the waiver and what Avitas plans to do with it, and chime in here with your thoughts.

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