The Drone Integration Pilot Program (IPP ) announced this week is all about stretching the envelope of what’s allowed with drone technology. Drone package delivery, flight beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS), night flight, and low altitude operations are some of the projects planned by participants.
All of these operations are relatively new, and not commonly experienced in most communities. There may be some element of risk in all of them – that is, after all, the point of the program: to evaluate the outcomes of these operations and provide feedback on the results and community impact to the the FAA in order to inform future regulations.
That’s why it’s no surprise that Israeli-based drone safety company ParaZero has been named as a partner for several of the IPP teams. Founded in 2014 by a group of avionic professionals, together with veteran drone operators, the company offers innovative autonomous safety systems for commercial drones. They are a sophisticated add-on to drones which include a unique parachute, blossoming upwards and arresting the potential fall of the aircraft – and protecting drone, sensors, and anything below.
Parachutes are one of those elegant solutions that provide a clear safety benefit that comes with easily understandable security for lawmakers and communities. ParaZero’s participation in the IPP projects may make the projects more successful at winning the approval of local governments and the local populace: both important for drone integration.