BVLOS and ADS-B for Drones

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The FAA’s challenge, and mandate, is to integrate drone technology, without introducing an unacceptable level of safety risk, into the National Airspace System or NAS. There is significant pressure, on the FAA, to come up with an answer, to the challenge, of extending the range, of unmanned aircraft, beyond the visual line of sight, of the operator.

BVLOS capabilities enable a drone to cover greater distances significantly improving the economics and feasibility of many commercial operations. To date, more than twelve hundred BVLOS waiver applications have been submitted to the FAA by commercial drone operators—99% were not approved.

This course is a discussion, about small Unmanned Aircraft in operations Beyond Visual Line of Sight, and the Automatic Dependent Surveillance – Broadcast system, and other alternative solutions.

NOTICE: Please review the upcoming related changes in the rules in this post.

Please review the following resources and references, in particular the Related Articles.

Reference: FAA Waivers Granted )
Resource: ADS – B Surveillance System Performance with Small UAS at Low Altitudes AIAA The MITRE Corporation
Related Articles: Google


“UAS operators, pilots, and Air Traffic Control (ATC) would all benefit by being able to precisely localize and identify all man-made objects in their local airspace. This can be achieved by extending commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) ADS-B technology to UAS” (Thesis by Ward A. Handley, Two NextGen Air Safety Tools: An ADS-B Equipped UAV and a Wake Turbulence Estimator,  Washington University, Research Works Archive  Copyright 2016)


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