First Pixhawk-powered drone to get FAA commercial use approval

Congrats to Event 38, whose Pixhawk/APM-powered aircraft was granted a FAA Section 333 approval!
From Droneyard:
Pravia, llc announced today that they received approval to use our E384 fixed wing UAV for commercial use in agricultural applications.  -
We congratulate them on receiving FAA approval and look forward to working with them in the future.

The E384 UAV is an excellent choice for agricultural applications.It can fly a 1,000 acres in a single 100 minute flight with a full sensor payload of 1 kg. Event 38 optical sensors can capture data at the 2cm level and our specialized filters are perfectly suited for agricultural applications.

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Comment by Gary Mortimer on February 12, 2015 at 12:44am

Scroll down on our drone spotters page to the USA and you will find the N number when its released. There is already a 3DR X8 on the list N208NM

Comment by Euan Ramsay on February 12, 2015 at 3:01am

Pfft. That was too easy.

Now get it through a Swiss permit application...

Comment by ECODRONES on February 12, 2015 at 7:27am
Contrats to Jeff, Joe and all team from Event38!
Comment by Jeff Taylor on February 12, 2015 at 8:02am

Thanks everyone, we're proud to be a part of this step toward commercial sUAS use. I think the congratulations belong largely to the ArduPlane/ArduCopter dev teams for building a first rate autopilot that will no doubt power the vast majority of sUAS soon to by flying the skies commercially.

Comment by UAS_Pilot on February 12, 2015 at 9:26am

@Gary, That is correct. NMSU UAS FTC has a Y6 and and X8 3DR copters that are approved to operate under our COA in NM. We have over 15000 sq/mi in NM to operate a variety of UAS including the 3DR systems. We were granted permission to operate the 3DR systems November of 2014. 

Comment by Jonathan Hair on February 12, 2015 at 12:09pm
To date many DJI products have been granted FAA approval. Is there a technical reason that has been giving the FAA aprehension up to now about Pixhawk?

Seems to me it ought to be the other way around.
Comment by UAS_Pilot on February 12, 2015 at 12:26pm

The biggest issue we faced while completing our airworthy assessment of the 3DR systems is that the firmware and hardware is open source. They had concerns with the configuration control.

Comment by Matthew on February 12, 2015 at 2:35pm

Congrats on the exemption as well. To add to the 'drone spotters page,' our Lynx aircraft has received 3 N numbers for different COAs using APM/Pixhawk. 

Comment by Andreas Gazis on February 12, 2015 at 3:19pm

How exactly is open source a cause for concern?

Comment by Sgt Ric on February 12, 2015 at 3:28pm

@ Andreas Gazis, I believe the issue that  UAS_Pilot referrs to is that with open source hardware, firmware, and software you have a constantly evolving setup, and once a specific configuration is certified, its hard to say that tomorrow's version is similar enough to be covered by the original certification.


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