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Wingtra flies BVLOS at the Lake Victoria Challenge

By admin In UAV News

31

Oct
2018

Wingtra flies BVLOS at the Lake Victoria Challenge

Mwanza, Tanzania, Tuesday 30th October 2018. Wingtra today helped push forward commercial drone operation in East Africa completing a fully autonomous flight of 22km across Lake Victoria to Juma Island. On arrival it landed on the beach.

Mwanza City is a port city of 3.5 million people that serves not only the fishing community on the lake but mining and light industry in Northern Tanzania. The city is a hub for medical supply deliveries in the region.

This is the city that Wingcopter and DHL recently used to undertake a medical delivery trial.

There is an appetite here for technology-based transport changes and in the 2019 Lake Victoria Challenge organisers hope to be able to award contracts to winners not just plaudits and pats on the back.

They are seeking 15 serious players that will have to qualify to enter. Organizers are looking for eVTOLs with a proven track record, maintenance and spares plans.

But let’s jump back to Wingtra’s flight of yesterday.

It was not the furthest BVLOS flight but it was in trying conditions. The launch site is within 1km of the end of the International runway. The airfield has continued operations throughout all local VLOS flight and yesterdays BVLOS flight.

Creating confidence and trust with ATC has been David Guerin of Ozy RPAS Consulting, David is an experienced Air Traffic Controller and more impressive an Outback Challenge judge.

His workload was reduced by the Involi team who created an air picture for him with a network of receivers. Placing them at personal peril from a boat on shoreline locations that could see the GSM network and be suitably spaced to multilaterate Mode S traffic.

If you are an Altitude Angel fan I was even able to report flight operations to their UTM system.

The hard work of a group of people gathered from the around the world that did’nt know each other before they arrived and a willing airport and regulator successfully removed the friction normally associated with RPAS operation.

The success of the Wingtra flight was testament to the quality of their airframe and software. Conditions were not what some would consider perfect and sending any platform over a large body of water requires confidence.

Having government ministers and Civil Aviation Authority from eight countries watching whilst eating snacks and drinking cocktails almost seemed to make the flight trivial.

For any drone delivery service to succeed it must be so reliable and regular that people start ignoring it.

Well done Wingtra and well done the Lake Victoria Challenge an amazing event that has pushed the boundaries.

https://www.lakevictoriachallenge.org/

Published at Wed, 31 Oct 2018 08:36:42 +0000

{articles|100|campaign}Tests for UAS Integration Pilot Program begin – Iris Automation

SALINA – The Kansas Department of Transportation is starting the testing phase of the
Integration Pilot Program this week. Flights by Iris Automation will focus on enabling new detect
and avoid capabilities for drones.

Iris Automation will be testing its collision avoidance technology in the airspace above Gypsum’s farmlands. The technology uses computer vision and artificial intelligence to allow drones to see
the world the way a pilot does, enabling beyond visual line of sight flights. Test flights will take
place throughout the week, and the technology will be evaluated through controlled drone flights
against a manned aircraft.

“The flights we will conduct this week are a crucial part of the overarching strategy to further
UAS representation as an important economic contributor for Kansas,” said Bob Brock, KDOT
Director of Aviation. “We’re excited to continue our partnership with Iris Automation and our
other IPP Team Members as we look forward into the future.”

The Integration Pilot Program was implemented by the Federal Aviation Administration through
a Presidential Memorandum. KDOT was selected as one of 10 government organizations to test
how drones can fly safely over people, at night and beyond visual line of sight, which will open
new uses with industries for drones in the future. These tests are designed to help the FAA
develop regulations for these activities.

“At Iris Automation, our cutting-edge technology is unlocking the potential of drones by enabling
them to fly beyond visual line of sight,” said Alexander Harmsen, Chief Executive of Iris
Automation. “I am delighted to be putting it to the test with Kansas Department of
Transportation.”

Iris Automation’s detect and avoid technology has already been tested in thousands of collision
scenarios, designed and executed by the company’s flight test team in Nevada. The technology
uses a camera, processor and computer vision software to see the airspace around the drone in
real-time, enabling collision avoidance. The software classifies and tracks moving objects and
identifies their speed and direction in relation to the drone it is attached to. The system acts as a
high-level supervisor to the drone’s autopilot, instructing it to execute automated avoidance
maneuvers where necessary and informing the remote pilot in command of emergency
situations.

http://www.irisonboard.com

Published at Wed, 31 Oct 2018 04:39:31 +0000

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