A research partnership led by the University of Alaska at Fairbanks has announced approval from the FAA to fly drones beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) of an operator following a successful pipeline inspection. Using a Skyfront multi-rotor drone, the Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration Pilot Program (UAS IPP) team completed a 3.87-mi. inspection of Trans-Alaska Pipeline infrastructure without relying on a visual observer to monitor the aircraft, which the FAA normally would require. As ...


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