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AUG-SEP 2018

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45 unmanned systems inside ENGINEERING. PRACTICE. POLICY. August/September 2018 "This isn't something that's going to be solved on the first day. It wasn't solved with Part 107 and it won't be solved in 2019," Binion said. "But we can get these f irst projects off the ground and iterate through waiver requests. There are a lot of good rea- sons to use drones beyond visual line of sight but there are a lot of challenges to work through to prove we can do that safely. That's what this is all about. The project is setting the foundation to help us understand what works and what doesn't. Hopefully, that will help the FAA move forward with continuing to streamline how they approach these types of operations." The projects are also pushing the limits of BVLOS, Eisenrauch said, and companies like Dominion Energy need to make sure the technology is capa- ble of performing advanced missions safely and efficiently. For example, communicating in rural communities where cell service is sparse is often dif- ficult, and detect and avoid technology still isn't where it needs to be for many of the projects the teams are pursuing. Remote ID is another piece of the puzzle, Blanks said, as is gauging just how the community feels about drones. "Do communities really want this? Does the public see the value in this or do they just have concerns?," Blanks said. "The example I like to use is most people wouldn't have walked around with a location device on them 24/7 10 years ago, but now everyone has a smart phone because they perceive a value beyond the perceived privacy concerns. The value proposition of drones to com- munities is still a big question mark. Our job is to make the interaction be- tween the public and drones as positive and productive as possible." There are a lot of good reasons to use drones beyond visual line of sight but there are a lot of challenges to work through to prove we can do that safely. That's what this is all about. Todd Binion, P&C claims staff consultant, State Farm " GNSS-Inertial Direct Georeferencing for UAVs Applanix Direct Georeferencing Solutions provide everything you need to turn your UAV into a professional mapping solution using an imaging sensor such as a camera, LiDAR, or hyperspectral scanner. ► Achieve cm accuracy without GCPs ► Fly larger areas per mission ► Automatically merge imagery with LiDAR data © 2018, Trimble Inc. All rights reserved..

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