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Feb 6, 2019 | News

Azure Drones Receives First Authorization in Europe for BVLOS Operations

This week, a French maker of surveillance drones and creators of the Skeyetech system, Azure Drones, received the first and only authorization from the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGAC), the authority governing the use of drones in France, to fly its drones autonomously. This approval means Skeyetech drones can fly in France over private sites, out of direct view (beyond visual line of sight), day or night, and in urban areas under the simple supervision of a teleoperator such as a security officer.

“We are very proud to receive this certification, which rewards 18 months of work in close collaboration with the services of the DGAC. Our system had to meet the requirements of civil aviation in terms of safety, reliability and quality…given its fully automated nature,” said St‚phane Morelli, CEO of Azure Drones.

The Skeyetech system does not require a remote control and deploys automatically from a docking station when triggered to fly quest missions or pre-programmed routes, allowing the operator to be exempt from traditional remote pilot training.

“This approval, unpublished in Europe, represents a real turning point for the professional civil drone,” adds Jean-Marc Cr‚pin, President of Azur Drones. “Azur Drones opens markets today hampered by the complexity of the deployment of standard drones. Unlike remote-controlled solutions, our drones are very simple to use, available 24 hours a day, accurate and reliable,” he said.