Percepto BVLOS first under new EU drone regulations
Percepto BVLOS Waiver is the first waiver granted under the new EU drone regulations.
by DRONELIFE Editor Ian M. Crosby
Today, independent head of inspection perception revealed that its drones have received Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) approval from the Dutch Civil Aviation Authority (ILT). This is the first BVLOS approval that Percepto has obtained under the new European Aviation Safety Association (EASA) drone regulations which came into force last January.
The new approval will enable Percepto’s partner, Falcker, to provide customers with the ability to conduct BVLOS drone flights using Percepto’s drone-in-a-box system, with an operator able to easily manage and monitor pre-programmed autonomous operations from a control room. Falcker is expected to perform its first drone inspections with the new approval later this month, with plans to expand to Germany and Belgium in the near future.
The new EASA drone regulations allow approvals granted by one Member State to be used under similar conditions in all EASA Member States. Acquiring its first BVLOS waiver in Europe sets the stage for Percepto to gain future waivers across Europe, echoing its success in the US, Australia and Israel.
Percepto’s drone-in-a-box solution is integrated with Autonomous Inspection & Monitoring (AIM), an end-to-end software solution. Industrial-grade, weather-resistant drones are equipped with a high-resolution RGB camera and thermal camera, and take off autonomously from a docking station before carrying out routine inspection missions with processed images by Percepto AIM. Drones are also capable of performing flights as needed in disaster situations. When the flight is over, the drone returns to the box to recharge.
“We are delighted with this latest achievement from BVLOS, which will have a significant impact on the expansion of drone inspections in the Netherlands and across Europe,” said Dor Abuhasira, CEO of Percepto. “The Percepto team looks forward to continuing to work with Falcker as it further develops its autonomous drone program to serve its customers with a new level of safety and efficiency.”
“After years of consultation with the Dutch Civil Aviation Authority, we are extremely pleased to have achieved this designation,” added Duco Boer, CIO of Falcker. “Our first flights with Percepto’s drone solution will take place this month at a tank terminal, and we are excited to be implementing autonomous drone inspection solutions in projects across Europe in the near future. coming.”
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Ian attended Dominican University in California, where he graduated with a BA in English in 2019. With a lifelong passion for writing and storytelling and a keen interest in technology, he now contributes to DroneLife as an editor .
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