Aeryon Labs Inc., the premier manufacturer of small unmanned aerial systems (sUAS) announced last week that the Aeryon SkyRanger sUAS successfully completed the first Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) flight in Canada. The SkyRanger was chosen by Ventus Geospatial Inc. and Canadian Unmanned Inc., as the VTOL sUAS flown for Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS*) testing and evaluation throughout the trials at the Foremost UAS Range.
These flight trials, among few BVLOS trials worldwide, are a milestone for aviation, establishing safe operational procedures and protocols for operating UAS under 25 kg (55 lb) beyond line of sight. This inaugural flight creates the foundation for how sUAS operators can legally and safely fly BVLOS within Canada and across the globe. Civil and commercial applications, including public safety, power line and pipeline inspection, and large area mapping, will be more feasible and more cost-effective since a larger area can be covered in a single flight without the pilot adjusting location to keep the sUAS within sight.
Aeryon President and CEO Dave Kroestch discusses with Aviation This Week about the SkyRanger’s first Transport Canada-approved beyond visual line of sight flight test. See video below.