Iris Automation receives the second FAA BVLOS waiver without visual observers for the Reno BEYOND program

Automated flight authorization drones using the Casia G ground DAA solution

RENO, Nev., April 6, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Iris Automation obtained a second waiver for autonomous Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) operations on behalf of the City of Renothis time using his ground solution Casia G.

The approval follows the recent granting of a waiver for Iris Automation on behalf of City of Reno Firefighters, using Casia X for autonomous flights. the City of Reno is an FAA Participant BEYOND the program.

The BVLOS waiver allows the operator to fly without the need for visual observers or the remote pilot at the controls to maintain visual contact with the drone. Casia G uses Iris Automation’s patented sense and avoid technology to create a stationary perimeter of sanitized and monitored airspace, allowing unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to perform work safely. It provides awareness of aircraft piloted by intruders to maneuver UAVs to safe areas.

Casia G does not require on-aircraft integration, preserving payload of sensors or packages while providing greater aircraft choice. Its ground placement gives organizations greater flexibility in the ability to establish permanent, sanitized airspace and, in the future, quickly change locations simply by moving Casia G. Providing a “bubble” of space air sanitized, in the future, it can also support one operator to fly multiple drones.

quote from Gabrielle WainVice President of Global Policy and Government Affairs at Iris Automation
“Casia technology provides a critical layer of security, helping to enable the integration of unmanned aircraft into our national airspace. This latest approval to fly BVLOS using Casia G provides operators looking to perform remote operations and a one-to-many solution to mitigate the risk of mid-air collisions, without the need for human visual observers.This is a critical step for economically scaling up small UAS BVLOS missions.

Reno is a participant in the FAA BEYOND program, designed to help the FAA establish safety and performance standards for BVLOS operation by working with a wide range of industrial and public actors. It provides in-depth operational learning from the real world in the field to help inform regulatory recommendations. The City and Iris Automation have been collaborating since 2019, first under the FAA’s Integration Pilot Program (IPP) and now under the BEYOND program, to test the use of autonomous drones in river rescue missions.

Link to graphics and video:
the City of Reno Fire Department Media Resources

About the FAA BEYOND Program

About City of Reno
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About Iris Automation
Iris Automation is a pioneering safety avionics technology company in onboard and offboard perception systems and air policy services that enable customers to enable scalable operations for manned and unmanned aircraft; unleash the potential of countless industries. Iris’ Casia system operates either onboard the aircraft or in a ground-based configuration. We work closely with civil aviation authorities globally as they implement regulatory frameworks to ensure BVLOS is conducted safely, partnering with several FAA ASSURE and BEYOND onboarding programs UAS and Transport Canada’s BVLOS Technology Demonstration Program. To visit

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