I'm trying to compile a list of aircrafts that are using an APM or Pixhawk autopilot that have been approved for a COA. I was hoping I could get some help. Could you list any systems\manufacturers that have a system utilizing one of these autopilots that has been approved for a COA by someone?

Thanks for your help in advance


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SteadiDrone H6X with APM2.6 has received a COA

With a University? The general public cannot be issued with COA's. NASA has a few APM running.

Correct, Idaho State University.

Thanks Gary,

Yes I am looking for public entities that can receive a COA and the system and manufacurer of the aproved system.

The Swift Radioplanes' Lynx UAS is running APM 2.6. It has COAs at Yavapai College and Northern Arizona University.


what's a COA?

COA - certificate of approval

Try this buddy, not sure how current it is though:


Thanks Muhammad,  I have that list but unfortunatly its from 2012 FOIA request and doesn't say if they are using an APM or Pixhawk 

edit:  Actually I think this is a different list than the one I was thinking of but unfortunatly it still does not have the information about the autopilot system.

these guys have a wonderful plane, i talked to them a few weeks ago, and they have their own autopilot, but are also using apm/pixhawk stuff. in their site they claim 60+ COA, maybe you can get in touch with them.


Falcon and Falcon Hover have COA's under the Mesa County Sheriff's Office in Grand Junction CO.  I believe it is the only public safety COA using APM and certainly the only jurisdictional COA (covering all 3300 square miles of the county).

CU Boulder has 60+ COAs and they operate the Tempest.  So while it is factual that the platform is on that many COA's the significant number of them if not all of them are for CU.  And they do not use an open source autopilot.

NMSU has 2 3DR systems that just completed airworthiness assessments to operate under our 19000 square mile COA in NM.

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