3DR Spektre and IRIS+ get FAA commercial use approval

Big news: today the FAA granted Section 333 commercial use authorization for two 3DR vehicles, the IRIS+ and the Spektre (shown above), for use by our customers BNSF and Build Imagery.
There have been several UAVs that use Pixhawk that have been approved before, including the Event 38 and the Falcon Unmanned fixed-wing platforms. But these are the first multicopters, and the first ones made by 3DR. 
And at the core of it all is the APM software stack created by this community. Go team!
Update: BNSF/Spektre approval is here.

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Comment by Roberto Navoni on March 12, 2015 at 4:55pm

A dream became reality ... we ,too in europe start certification process for a lot of drone based on APM Stack :) 

We discuss about it in the next meeting at Drone Code anual meeting the next week :)

See you guys will be there for meet you :)

Comment by UAS_Pilot on March 12, 2015 at 5:29pm

Great news. Congrats to 3DR for their hard work.

Comment by Thomas J Coyle III on March 12, 2015 at 6:21pm

Congratulations Chris, great news!



Comment by Thomas Stone on March 12, 2015 at 6:26pm

Congrats. This is great!

Comment by Randy on March 12, 2015 at 6:47pm

I think that's the first public picture of the Spektre isn't it?  I've seen one in person but I didn't actually know it's name.

Comment by HeliStorm on March 12, 2015 at 7:10pm

Congrats! A great step forward.

Comment by Gary McCray on March 12, 2015 at 7:33pm

Spektre looks great, looking forward to more details.

Comment by Bill Bonney on March 12, 2015 at 8:53pm
Interestingly BI applied for Inspire 1 use at the sametime but was rejected. Not sure why? Though weight seems critical as they mentione Iris+ 4 pound in weight being beneficial.

unless I read it wrong, Only private pilots are allowed to fly it. :-(

What's interesting is what regulations are dropped to allow exemption. It seems the training manuals and detailed outline of operations seem key for this. It would be good to know from an APM perspective what can be added to help with dropping the private pilots license or another aspect for that requirement.

Air worthiness requirement was also dropped. Is that because of demonstrated airworthiness, modifications or detailed just because of detailed operations outlined in event of trouble.

Actually seeing the operators manuals that was sent would be great. And probably help if we had Creative Commons version
Comment by R. D. Starwalt on March 13, 2015 at 3:59am

BNSF (Railroad owned by Warren Buffet), Build Imagery (Development Videographer).

Two very different companies with one common need - views from a different perspective.

It is nice to see technology adoption but, better to see validation of an idea.


Comment by Shawn Barney on March 13, 2015 at 4:46am

Way to go 3DR, huge step forward.


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