IN•FLIGHT Knowledge receives one-year BVLOS certificates from Transport Canada – Drones Information
(OKOTOKS, ALBERTA) – One of Canada’s most competent operators in the world of remote controlled aircraft systems has received a one-year Special Flight Operations Certificate (SFOC) that enables the company to perform repeated drone flights beyond the line of sight (BVLOS).
With a flawless security record, IN • FLIGHT Data is the leader in Canada when it comes to moving the envelope for a safe, longer-range flight. The new approval from Transport Canada opens up the possibility of continuous, repeated BVLOS flights on behalf of IN • FLIGHT Data customers.
“I’m thrilled with the approval of Transport Canada,” said Chris Healy, CEO of IN • FLIGHT. “I cannot tell you how happy that makes me and how proud I am of our team. This is definitely a career highlight for everyone. “
In Canada, drones – officially known as remote-controlled aircraft systems or RPAS – are regulated by Transport Canada. The federal authority tries to find a balance between promoting innovation and entrepreneurship
– and the safety of both manned aircraft and people on the ground. According to the current rules, all BVLOS RPAS flights require a special permit from Transport Canada.
To obtain this permit, the agency must be convinced that the operator flies safe equipment and is qualified – including a deep understanding of airspace law and traffic in Canada. Transport also checked Canada
IN • FLIGHT Data standard work instructions, emergency protocols, training and track record before it is determined that the company has earned approval for ongoing BVLOS flights.
“I’m not going to kid you: this was a long and very detailed process,” says Healy. “However, Transport Canada takes these applications very seriously. We are very happy to be one of the few in the country to have reached this very high standard. “
The SFOC means that IN • FLIGHT DATA can now fly in all regions of Canada, day and night, above or below 400 ‘above ground BVLOS for public safety and far beyond the range that is visible to the naked eye of the pilot by summer from 2021.
This opens the door to long-distance data collection on behalf of customers, including the ability to use cameras and other sensors to monitor long-range assets such as pipelines, power lines, and even coastlines. Such flights can also be used for complex 3D missions where the area of interest is scanned with a laser using LiDAR or Light Detection And Ranging. RPAS can be used for search and rescue missions, oil leak detection, mapping and even delivery of critical medical aids.
“Receiving this SFOC approval is more than just confirmation of our business,” says Healy. “It also significantly expands the type of business that IN • FLIGHT can do, and where and when these missions can take place. We look forward to collecting more data over longer distances and for more customers than ever before. “
Chris Healy is not only an RPAS pioneer in Canada, but also a member of Transport Canada’s Remote Traffic Management Action Team. It helps to design the framework for the safe integration of manned and unmanned aircraft into Canadian airspace. As a project management specialist, Chris is also the chair of the RTM National RPAS Operators Group, which represents the interests of drone operators across Canada vis-à-vis Transport Canada.
About IN • FLIGHT DATA: This RPAS service provider, based south of Calgary, has built an excellent customer base since it was founded in 2014 and has carried out missions for private companies, organizations and government agencies.
It holds three Guinness world records for its drone flights, has a perfect safety record and also trains pilots.
Learn more about the company at: http://www.inflightdata.ca
More information about Chris can be found at: https://www.linkedin.com/in/chrishealyprojects/