The Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) announced on Nov. 8 that it has completed the first drone flight to inspect power lines without using visual observers or ground-based radar to protect against collisions. Conducted under the FAA’s Part 107 regulation governing small commercial drones, the 9-mi., beyond-visual-line-of-sight (BVLOS) flight employed a fixed-wing aircraft fitted with a detect-and-avoid system developed by Iris Automation, of San Francisco. The Iris Casia ...

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