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FAA Releases Airworthiness Criteria for 3DRobotics and Flirtey Models

FAA Releases Airworthiness Criteria for 3DRobotics and Flirtey Models

The following airworthiness criteria were just released for the following models.

3DRobitics Model 3DR-GS H520-G Airworthiness Criteria

3DRobotics Government Services (3DR) applied to the FAA on May 1, 2019, for a special class type certificate under Title 14, Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) 21.17(b) for the Model 3DR-GS H520-G UAS.

The Model 3DR-GS H520-G consists of an unmanned aircraft (UA) and its associated elements that include communication links and the components that control the UA. The Model 3DR-GS H520-G UA has a maximum gross takeoff weight of 5 pounds. It is approximately 20 inches in width, 18 inches in length, and 12 inches in height. The Model 3DR-GS H520-G UA is battery powered using electric motors for vertical takeoff, landing, and forward flight. The UAS may be manually operated or may rely on high levels of automation. The UAS may include multiple UA operated by a single pilot, up to a ratio of 20 UA to 1 pilot. 3DR anticipates operators will use the Model 3DR-GS H520-G for inspection or surveying of critical infrastructure. The proposed concept of operations for the Model 3DR-GS H520-G identifies a maximum operating altitude of 400 feet above ground level, a maximum cruise speed of 33 knots (38 mph), operations within visual line of sight of the pilot, operations at night, and operations in sparsely populated areas. 3DR has not requested type certification for flight into known icing for the Model 3DR-GS H520-G.

Read the full FAA announcement.

Flirtey F4.5

Flirtey Inc. (Flirtey) applied to the FAA on November 12, 2018, for a special class type certificate under Title 14, Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) 21.17(b) for the Model Flirtey F4.5 UAS.

The Model Flirtey F4.5 consists of an unmanned aircraft (UA) and its associated elements that include communication links and the components that control the UA. The Model Flirtey F4.5 UA has a maximum gross takeoff weight of 38 pounds. It is approximately 78 inches in width, is 78 inches in length, and 21 inches in height. The Model Flirtey F4.5 UA is battery powered using electric motors for vertical takeoff, landing, and forward flight. The UAS operations would rely on high levels of automation and may include multiple UA operated by a single pilot, up to a ratio of 20 UA to 1 pilot. Flirtey anticipates operators will use the Model Flirtey F4.5 for delivering medical supplies and packages. The proposed concept of operations for the Model Flirtey F4.5 identifies a maximum operating altitude of 400 feet above ground level, a maximum cruise speed of 24 knots, operations beyond visual line of sight of the pilot, and operations over human beings. Flirtey has not requested type certification for flight into known icing for the Model Flirtey F4.5.

Read the full FAA announcement.

About Steve Rhode

Steve is an experienced and certificated UAS pilot and aircraft instrument rated pilot. He is also the Chief Pilot with the Wake Forest Fire Department and North Carolina Public Safety Drone Academy.
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