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Power Company Ameren Successfully Tests BVLOS Inspections in a 60+ Mile Flight

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2019 looks like it might be shaping up to be the year of BVLOS.

Ameren, a power company based in St. Louis, MO, just successfully tested flying a UAV to inspect over 60 miles of power lines in a single, non-stop BVLOS flight. Add to this the recent first-of-their-kind BVLOS waivers issued by the FAA, and it looks like we might be starting to see a trend.

Read today's article to learn more about Ameren's successful BVLOS test, and recent BVLOS waivers granted by the FAA.

What do you think—will we see more and more BVLOS waivers granted this year, or do we still have a long way to go before BVLOS becomes a regular part of commercial drone operations?

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Great article, very glad to see use of drones in a very positive matter.  I have done many power lines inspection in some of our most most western states.  There are countless area that could benefit by this type of inspection.  Even the use of small drones ( DJI types , example) to inspect smaller VERY rural area, some of these area are very rugged.  However one of the biggest concerns will be people calling this an “invasion of  privacy”.  There were many occasions just getting access to properties was the hardest problems.  A small drone launched from the road, to inpect short areas,  mostly looking vegation problem,  could be invaluable.  However, I hope state, counties and local governments  will agree on the use and allow drones, this type of service could be a major service to power companies.  Hope to see other responses on this.

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