On March 1, Australian commercial UAS maker V-TOL Aerospace and UK-based RelmaTech completed daytime and nighttime beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) flights, using V-TOL’s fixed-wing and multi-rotor UAS.
V-TOL utilized unique flight permissions granted to them by the Australian Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) and Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) to conduct the landmark flights.
Throughout the flights, which were conducted at the Brisbane flight centre, a UAS Traffic Management (UTM) system was used to monitor the UAS.
“V-TOL has successfully commenced its BVLOS flight program designed to develop and test appropriate operational procedures, minimum technical platform requirements and pilot training competencies,” says V-TOL CEO and Chief Remote Pilot Mark Xavier.
“A testament to how these routine flights are viewed by RAAF operations is that AMBERLEY’s FA-18 Super Hornets and C-17 operations are not affected by our UAS operations in this airspace. Vertical and horizontal separation is maintained by RAAF ATC and V-TOL operational procedures. Life goes on in a routine, professional manner.”
V-TOL’s aircraft are equipped with RelmaTech’s SIAM (Secure Integrated Airspace Management) tracking unit, which is operable on 2G, 3G and 4G mobile networks. SIAM makes the UAS visible at all times to the operators of the UAS, Air Traffic Services and pilots of other manned and unmanned aircraft equipped with SIAM.
Founding Director and CEO of RelmaTech Philip Hall says, “these beyond-visual-line-of-sight operations using SIAM enable advanced commercial UAS flights under complex conditions and represent another world first for the RelmaTech/V-TOL partnership.”
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