The Kansas Department of Transportation received the green light from the Federal Aviation Administration to conduct a unique drone flight.
This flight will be performed beyond the visual line of sight, meaning it will fly past the operator’s ability to monitor it from the ground.
“With very few exceptions, the Federal Aviation Administration restricts operations of commercial Unmanned Aerial System to remain within Visual Line of Sight of the operating crew at all times,” said Kurt Carraway, UAS executive director of Applied Aviation Research Center at Kansas State University Polytechnic. “For many applications, such as linear infrastructure inspections, cargo delivery and public safety, there is a demand signal for operations of unmanned aircraft beyond the visual line of sight of the operating crew.”
The Ottawa Herald | Aug. 15, 2019