Drone approval: automated systems specificities

Posted in Regulation on January 14, 2020

Contrary to classic remotely controlled drones, the autonomous Skeyetech drone does not require a remote pilot in the aviation sense of the word. In the event of an alert, the drone automatically takes off from the docking station to fly to the intrusion location and send video feeds to the security team. Nicolas Douaud, Certification & Approval manager at Azur Drones presents its operability specificities.  

Autonomous drone approval


In February 2019, Azur Drones received an approval from the French civil authorities to operate its automatic surveillance drone in the entire territory. The Skeyetech autonomous drone therefore has the authorisation to fly over private sites in France, Beyond Visual Line Of Sight (BVLOS), day and night, in urban areas, under the simple supervision of a remote operator.

This approval forces us to provide e-learning and classroom training for all of our customers. As a result, the security operators/agents are able to safely operate the system and carry out basic regular maintenance operations. They can monitor or control the drone missions in a simplified manner, either directly from the Genetec or from Milestone Video Management Systems. We also train air-worthiness managers who are in charge of keeping the machines operational, of managing flight safety and of some maintenance operations.

This staff is dispensed from standard requirements for a drone remote pilot. They do not need to sit the theoretical drone exam (provided for by order of the Civil Aviation Authority of 18 May 2018), thanks to the high level of automation and reliability of our system, which is specific to the aviation sector.

In compliance with the requirements in terms of approval, the autonomous Skeyetech drone has double or triple redundancy of all its vital equipment (motors, electronics, power sources, etc.). It also has a pyrotechnical parachute and a geo-caging system that gives it high level in-flight safety.

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