PrecisionHawk gets first FAA waiver to fly beyond visual line of sight using LATAS system

From PrecisionHawk's post on its milestone FAA approval to fly beyond visual line of sight, in which they describe their interesting LATAS system:

To further mitigate risk, PrecisionHawk uses an airspace display technology called LATAS to help track the aircraft and avoid potential hazards such as trees, powerlines or manned aircraft. While it is not a required to receive an EVLOS waiver, LATAS plays a key role in PrecisionHawk’s own operations. The LATAS web application is a free tool available on and provides an extra layer of safety and protection for any operator flying under Part 107.

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Comment by Gary Mortimer on August 30, 2016 at 9:11am

Ardupilot users for the win!

Comment by Bill Bonney on August 30, 2016 at 9:58am

Cool, another official confirmation that ArduPilot i.eArduPlane is an excellent and quality commercial flight stack that supports BVLOS operations. Looking forward to seeing ArduPilot in UAV Challenge coming up end of September (27th)

Comment by Gary Mortimer on August 30, 2016 at 10:07am

One day, one day I shall go to that competition! I think with CanberraUAV winning twice that makes it the most successful autopilot in the competition's history (add in all the others using it)

Comment by cmiser on August 30, 2016 at 10:47am

Go Ardupilot!  Go Open! Its the one and only flight stack for us at Falcon Unmanned.

Comment by Roberto Navoni on August 30, 2016 at 12:40pm

Great Job Dev Team 

Ardupilot GO GO GO :) @Chris in Virtualrobotix , too :) 

Comment by Hugues on August 30, 2016 at 2:17pm

I'd like to see all claimed features listed on work in real life. 

In contrast, that makes us only appreciate even more the fact Ardupilot is concrete, real and functional. Thx Devs!

Comment by Marc Dornan on August 30, 2016 at 4:19pm
PrecisionHawk seem to bury their use of Ardupilot. Hard to find a reference on their website. I have heard reports of people being underwhelmed by the Lancaster airframe, whose wing is seemingly from a hobby model that shall remain nameless. Another validation of Ardupilot flight stack though....
Comment by Thomas Stanley-Jones on August 30, 2016 at 5:36pm

Precision Hawk is extremely aggressive.  I've talked to them off and on for the last couple years and they've grown exponentially.  Of all the online image processors I've tried, I've been most happy with theirs (Datamapper).  It's true the Lancaster is underwhelming.  But so is the Ebee.  Can't believe the prices they get out of the hardware, but they deliver uniformity and reliability, which is what pays apparently.
That they are using Ardupilot is a surprise to me though!  They certainly don't breath a word of this in marketing.

Comment by Greg Fletcher on August 30, 2016 at 7:14pm

That's great that Ardupilot was the first platform that got the EVLOS waiver. It's a great and reliable system, thanks to the devs. But if you think about it, no proof yet, I'll bet the waiver has nothing to do with the flight controller. Interestingly, their waver gives them the privilege to fly EVLOS and the ability to train others to get a waiver. So I guess you need training from an accredited trainer and PH is the only one. You too can have a waiver for a fee. Doesn't Mission Planner get ADSB ? Can Google Maps help avoid trees ? What does this LATAS do that MP can't ? Enough with my rant. Bye

Comment by Marc Dornan on August 30, 2016 at 7:53pm

I am sure the waiver has nothing specifically to do with Ardupilot. The platform is probably less important than the workflow and results. It just needs to get the job done. The marketing is slick as well.


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