SwissDrones now has the right to self-authorize the flights of its unmanned helicopter systems in all countries that are regulated by the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). This is the highest approval that can be achieved under European drone regulations. It also includes beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) flights. This is the sixth time that the EASA Light UAS Operator Certificate (LUC) has been issued. SwissDrones has received this license from the Maltese civil aviation directorate (Transport Malta).
Dr. Analiza Abdilla from Transport Malta is quoted in a press release from SwissDrones Operations AG, stating: “SwissDrones have demonstrated a highly professional approach throughout the entire process and we look forward to further supporting the development of their operations within and beyond the Maltese islands.”
According to the information provided, SwissDrones plans to perform ongoing BVLOS flight testing campaigns in Malta. The geographical conditions are said to be ideal for this as there is ample airspace for long-range tests with real-life conditions, including in coastal areas and over the ocean. Furthermore, Malta is clearly affirming its support for this high-growth industry.
Robotics & intelligent systems in the Greater Zurich Area
The Greater Zurich Area continues to be a global leader in robotics, drone technology and computer vision. There are close ties in the region between the industry, world-class universities and researchers and innovation-friendly authorities. This has driven revolutionary advancements, attracted leading technology firms and talent and encouraged entrepreneurship in the region, leading to unmatched opportunities for robot technology companies.
Multinationals, SMEs and startups that are in Greater Zurich enjoy a high availability of talent. This is thanks to a plethora of renowned higher education institutions in the region. On an international level, the European Commission has made artificial intelligence in Europe a priority for the next several years. These advantages have attracted some of the finest robotics companies in the world to the Greater Zurich Area