Skeyetech system by Azur Drones receives European approval for fully autonomous drone flights
Azur Drones, a European provider of surveillance UAVs, has received the first and only Directorate-General for Civil Aviation (DGAC) approval for a fully automated drone—the Skeyetech system—which takes off from a docking station and requires no remote pilot. This specific approval is unprecedented, since any authorized flight scenario in France requires a qualified pilot.
Skeyetech drones can fly over private areas, beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS), day or night, in urban areas, under simple supervision of a remote operator. With this unique approval, the system will be directly operated by a security guard with no pilot license. The drone will thus be used to patrol the area or provide aerial insights in case of an alarm.
"We are very proud of this approval which rewards an 18-month close collaboration with DGAC services. Our system had to comply with the civilian aviation authorities' requirements in terms of safety, reliability, and quality. A process that was obviously very demanding due to the fully automated character of our system," explained Stéphane Morelli, Azur Drones Managing Director.
Azur Drones aims to make its autonomous drone a standard in the security market, in France and overseas. The company is under discussions with other authorities to obtain similar approvals in several other countries.