Mar 2014
Gas Distribution
Beyond Visual Line of Sight Aerial Inspection Vehicle
Mar 2014
Sep 2015
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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Network Innovation Allowance
GD - Future of gas
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 objective of this project is to –

  • Identify what operational requirements the GDNs and DNOs might have for RPAS BVLOS.
  • Create a simulation environment based on real sections of the GDNs and DNOs networks.
  • Use the simulation environment to develop the specification(s) that will achieve the GDNs and DNOs operational requirements whilst also meeting the CAA’s criteria.
  • Use the simulation environment to demonstrate the specification to the GDNs, DNOs and CAA.
  • Deliver a specification(s), confirmed by the CAA that is one step towards developing a RPAS BVLOS for which CAA approval can be secured.
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.