FAA has granted a waiver to a team headed by the Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) to fly small drones beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) of an operator using an onboard detect-and-avoid system. Operating under FAA’s Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration Pilot Program (UAS IPP), the team will fly a nine-mile track to evaluate technologies for power line inspections without the drone being monitored by observers or ground-based radar. The approval is the first of its kind for ...

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