Drone safety solutions company ParaZero announced compliance with Transport Canada requirements for flight over people yesterday. While “compliance” might seem like just an administrative hurdle, it’s very significant for the drone industry. Companies like ParaZero who have invested heavily in working with regulators to establish standards are creating a clear path for drone companies to get new waivers or fly new applications.
In the U.S., ParaZero clients have received their 6th waiver for flight over people. In Canada, says ParaZero’s Leora Purdell: “With this compliance to the requirements of Transport Canada, anyone licensed operators who have our ASTM system for the Phantom and Mavic can fly over people.”
The following is a ParaZero press release.
ParaZero announces compliance with Transport Canada requirements for flight over people. Licensed operators with the ASTM compliant version of the SafeAir System may fly over people.
Tel Aviv, Israel, July 17, 2019- ParaZero Technologies, the world leader in safety systems for commercial drones, is pleased to announce that its ASTM compliant SafeAir Systems for the DJI Phantom 4 Series and DJI Mavic 2 Series comply with the latest Transport Canada regulations for operations over people. This allows licensed operators using the SafeAir Mavic + ASTM Professional Kit and the SafeAir Phantom + ASTM Professional Kit to operate over people, effective immediately.
On June 1st, 2019, Transport Canada’s new rules for flying Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) in Canada came into effect. These rules are divided into two categories, basic and advanced. Advanced operations include flights in controlled airspace, flights near people and flights over people.
The framework developed by TC allows manufacturers or modifiers of RPAS to declare compliance with the requirements of each of the three advanced operations. While DJI has already declared compliance for these RPAS for operations in controlled airspace and operations near people (5 to 30 meters horizontally from people), operations over people are only permitted with ParaZero’s SafeAir Systems + ASTM Professional Kit.
ParaZero’s declaration of compliance with the TC regulation is supported by the SafeAir’s compliance with ASTM F3322-18 Standard Specification for RPAS Parachutes. The industry consensus standard requires over 45 aerial deployments of the parachute system in all failure scenarios validated by a 3rd party testing agency.
“We have been studying TC’s new regulations and determining what testing and documentation we would need in order to comply” said Avi Lozowick, VP of Policy and Strategy at ParaZero. “The ASTM F3322-18 Standard was an excellent starting point and was specifically referenced by TC. Through the ASTM testing, 3rd party validation and customer adoption, our system has proven to be the best-performing system on the market, and we are proud to have them enable the expanded use of drones in Canada and elsewhere.”
“Transport Canada’s new regulations and manufacturer declaration framework are a truly innovative approach to drone regulation,” said Eden Attias, CEO of ParaZero. “The fact that operators are not required to apply for specific approvals and waivers to unlock the capability of flight over people reduces significant friction from the process and allows the Canadian drone industry to continue to innovate and excel.”
ParaZero has led the industry in developing technology and compliant products to enable safe and legal flight over people. To date, ParaZero’s SafeAir Systems are the first and only ASTM compliant parachute systems that are in use in the United States under Federal Aviation Authority waivers for operations over people.
ParaZero (www.parazero.com) offers smart and intuitive solutions for commercial and professional drone markets to enable drone industry growth by designing, developing and providing best-in-class autonomous safety systems.
Miriam McNabb is the Editor-in-Chief of DRONELIFE and CEO of JobForDrones, a professional drone services marketplace, and a fascinated observer of the emerging drone industry and the regulatory environment for drones. Miriam has a degree from the University of Chicago and over 20 years of experience in high tech sales and marketing for new technologies.
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