FAA Program and Setup

Paladin is not a governing authority for aviation. Any subjective language is based on experience and should not be read as a rule or regulation. For exact rules, regulations, and information, please contact your local FAA representative and/or visit https://www.faa.gov.

FAA Waivers and DFR Set Up

The FAA can be a daunting agency to navigate without prior experience. We get beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) 91.113b exemptions on the Certificate of Authorization (COA) or Jurisdictional COA (JCOA) on behalf of our partner public safety agencies and then transfer it to their CAPS account. Whether you have no prior waivers from the FAA or have had a COA for a year, we can do the whole process.

What are the rules and regulations for operating under part 107? What about under a Certificate of Authorization (COA)? When can I fly beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS)? What is a Concept of Operations (CONOPS)? Where do I file that? Do I get the tactical BVLOS (TBVLOS) waiver or the BVLOS waiver? What mitigations do I need in place? Where is all this paperwork located? What are the lead times? What information does the FAA waiver team need to make a decision on whether you can operate BVLOS? What is CAPS? How much flight reporting is needed?

The point here is public safety agencies have enough on their plate as it is. Let us navigate the FAA and work with you to get the program started. We’re not saying there won’t be bumps in the road, but chances are we’ve hit them already and have a roadmap to overcome them.

Our process

  1. Learn about you: What are you trying to accomplish? What is the geographical layout of your city? Hospital heliports? Major airports? Regional airports? Metropolitan vs suburban? 
  2. Paperwork from you: We need three documents from the department all of which should take less than 1 hour of work.
  3. Concept of Operations (CONOPS): this is the application we create for you based on your specified launch locations. It is a twenty-ish page document that outlines how you plan to operate safely beyond visual line of sight. When and how do you plan to operate BVLOS? For what missions and why? What aircrafts are you using? What visual observer mitigations do you plan on using? What safety mitigations does the tech have? What happens if there is a loss of connection? What are the see and avoid procedures you need in place?
  4. The FAA wants to know what risks there are to flying beyond visual line of sight in your specific location and how you are mitigating them. This application is your document. We create and work with you to make sure it has everything it needs as far as hazards. 
  5.  Team meeting: a few months back, each agency needed to have a meeting with 30 FAA members to summarize the CONOPS. In the last few applications we’ve submitted, we did not need to have a waiver team meeting.

How long does this process take? It depends… we’ve seen one month, we’ve seen four months. Unfortunately, we are at the mercy of availability to review applications from the FAA but rest assured they are doing their best in adapting to a new and booming industry.

CASE STUDIES

The following are three Paladin DFR programs. Each case study goes into detail about the program, how it started, and most importantly why. The results section of the case studies show the accomplishments by the department thus far. The beginning outlines why they started followed by how they got their programs up and running within a few months. It will described the FAA BVLOS waiver process, what training was necessary, examples of calls the programs have deployed to, how DFR helped, and more.

HOW TO START A DFR PROGRAM

Paladin is a one-stop solution. We provide the drone, software, and data management platform, as well as any all waivers from the FAA on behalf of your department to ensure you are compliant and can operate legally. These include any COA’s needed as well as any BVLOS waivers, which allows operators to control the aircraft without direct line-of-sight.  We’ll also train your organization on the technology and only begin active deployments when you’re ready

Hardware

We help you determine which hardware you need, the requirements for battery life and range, as well as assess the capabilities of your current drone inventory.

Software

Watchtower, our DFR platform is a simple-to-use, intuitive platform perfect for high-stress autonomous flight. With unlimited viewers, multi-drone fleet management, and secure data management, you can easily deploy missions at the click of a button.

Data Management

Our secure data management system automatically logs flight info to the cloud. Easily export flight logs and mission data. Spend more time flying and less time doing paperwork.

FAA

We handle the entire waiver process. We’ll help you secure COAs (or JCOAs) and BVLOS waivers. No need for visual observers (VO) on the roof at all times. This VO methodology works because of our LTE connection.

Training

While our system is really easy to use but we provide high-quality training and onboarding to ensure each department is fully ready to use the system before deployments begin.

Maintenance

Should you run into any issues with your hardware, Paladin will repair or replace your equipment, as the need arises. No questions asked.

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Our demos are conducted via Zoom while the participants control a real-time live stream of an active drone in the field. Ready to Learn More?