SGN, Northern Gas Networks, Northern Powergrid, Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks, SP Transmission and UK Power Networks
Oliver Machan, Innovation Project Manager
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Gas Distribution Networks
The scope of this 1½ year programme of work by VTOL Technologies is to develop an RPAS BVLOS specification that is endorsed by the CAA which can then be used to develop a RPAS BVLOS system (not part of this project).
The project will contain four stages –
Stage 1: BVLOS Requirements Gathering (6 months)
Stage 2: Developing the Simulation Environment (4 months)
Stage 3: Assessing Requirements (4 months)
Stage 4: An Industry Standard BVLOS Specification (4 months)
The success criteria for the project are:
- The RPAS BVLOS requirements for the GDNs and DNOs are identified.
- The costs of developing RPAS BVLOS capability are quantified and justified.
- An RPAS BVLOS specification(s) is developed and agreed by the CAA.
The GDNs and DNOs are in a position to decide on whether to develop this specification(s) knowing that the potential system has the best chance of being compliant when presented to the CAA for approval.