Yep you read it right, historic day for sUAS everywhere. Oh except in America ;-)
French Civil Aviation Authority, the DGAC, awarded Delair-Tech the first authorisation ever issued to a UAS company in France, for a civil UAS to fly over 100 km in French airspace.
Delair-Tech is based in Toulouse and specialised in the design and manufacturing of long endurance mini-UAS.
Well done Delair-Tech
I wonder if outside DJI and mikrocopter, requests for approvals were made to the french DGAC approved for a multirotor (or fixed wing) (S1, 2 or 2) in the environment opensource arduino (APM, CRIUS or other)
thank you for information
it can help me before contacting them.
Well that's hardly a requirement really, I can jump that and so can many many other people here. It would in fact be a very sensible standard to get things started. Especially if you only need a PPL, I know at least three ATPL's flying UA, I think just about all of the civilian's on contact in desert based locations are ATPL's. If all it takes is getting a PPL I think French flight schools will be busy with potential UA pilots.
Delair Tech did a good performance but one must not forget that this type of work scenario ( "S4" as defined by the French CAA) is only allowed to fully qualified PPL pilots with at least 100 hours of flight experience on full sized aircrafts + 20 hours on the UAS within the last 6 months.
The frame looks like a standard glider, with enough batteries assuming custom design of the energy system it should be easy to hit 2hrs + with a glider frame. Glider RC pilots regularly do 3-4 hr flights where I live with minimum battery use. So assuming this frame utilizes thermals for its flight efficiency, and assuming the AP takes advantage of that, it should be possible and then some.
With an empty weight of 1.7kg and a wingspan of 1.8m, I'd say it's stuffed full of batteries. Nicely done though with a fair bit of tech on board, according to the blurb.
Wayne Garris was doing some multi-hour flights a short while ago with his new Techpod prototype.
2 hour flight time? Do many diyers manage that?