APM / Pixhawk systems with COA aproval

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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  • Virginia Tech has quite a few APM operating platforms, 1 55lb UAV and 2 hex's, as well as a hex and another 55lb UAV operating a Pixhawk.  All of which have a COA and 2 of which are being operated by Virginia Tech's affiliated test site for the FAA.

    • Also two IRIS+ quads, and a SIG Rascal 110" all running on pixhawk.

  • Thanks to everyone so far. I appreciate the help. Joseph, do you know the names of the manufacturers? Are these systems that NMSU has built themselves? Additionally, does anyone know of any systems built with APM or Pixhawk that was put together by themselves that received a COA?

  • NMSU has 2 3DR systems that just completed airworthiness assessments to operate under our 19000 square mile COA in NM.
    • Which 3DR systems?  I'm starting the airworthiness process for the US Navy to have the Aero-M and X8-M system certified.  I'd be interested in discussing what information you supplied the FAA regarding software qualification and standards.

  • 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).

  • 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.


    • 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.

  • COA - certificate of approval

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

    • Certificate of Autorization

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