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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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  • Hi Chris,

    Do you have any more news on the Spektre? Release date, and config? X4/X8 Pixhawk 2? And weight w/battery?

  • amazing news. But why the IRIS+ is not mentioned in the document ? 

  • All - yes, we are very proud of our accomplishment (and thanks to 3DR for their partnership). One thing you may catch in the link Chris sent is that the exemption expires the end of this month. The FAA has since corrected that.

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  • Bill Bonney,

    I agree in regards to a creative commons version of the operators and training manuals used in the 333. This is the one part of the 333 process that typically isn't made public. Although you can use similar language used in granted 333's this portion currently has to be created by the individual company so there isn't a good road map for it. 

  • Congrats again to the dev teams and 3dr! I can't wait to hear more about the Spektre!

  • Way to go 3DR, huge step forward.

  • 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.


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    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
  • Spektre looks great, looking forward to more details.

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