FAA Ends the UAS IPP, Launches the BEYOND Program with Big Emphasis on BVLOS

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After completing its stipulated three year period, the UAS IPP (UAS Integration Pilot Program) ended on October 25th.

The next day, on October 26th, the FAA announced the launch of the BEYOND program, a new initiative that will continue the work started by the IPP.


If you’re wondering what the name of the FAA’s new program signifies, from what we’ve found it’s not an acronym but rather an emphasis on the FAA’s prioritization of normalizing Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) operations in the U.S.

Stakeholders in the commercial drone sector have been vocal for some time about the importance of BVLOS for commercial drone applications. The name of the new program should send a signal to those stakeholders that their concerns are being heard.

Read today's post to learn more about the FAA's BEYOND program, as well as some information on the virtual event the FAA recently hosted to celebrate the end of the IPP.

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