Head of the Israeli Civil Aviation Authority: “This is the first time that a UAS has received a type certificate”
JERUSALEM, February 9, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — For the very first time, the Civil Aviation Authority of the state of israel (CAAI), which falls under Israel’s Ministry of Transport and Highway Safety, has certified an Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) for civil aviation, allowing it to fly in civil airspace like any other aircraft civilian and not restricting its flight to unsegregated airspace.
This is an additional element of the policy of the Israeli Ministry of Transport and Road Safety aimed at adapting the regulations of land and air transport. The department takes an innovative approach to responding to the challenges presented and the opportunities offered by technological developments in Israel and around the world.
Receipt of CAAI type certificate completes Elbit Systems compliance Hermes Starliner UAS with NATO standardization for the approval of UAS for integration into non-segregated civil airspace.
For safety reasons, international aviation regulations prohibit uncertified aircraft from flying in civil airspace, thus far limiting UAS operations to non-segregated airspace. The certification issued by the CAAI to the Hermes Starliner drone changes that.
CAAI oversaw the design and manufacture of the Hermes Starliner UAS and led a rigorous six-year certification process that included extensive ground and flight testing. The tests were carried out in compliance with air navigation rules, airworthiness bases and aeronautical standards regulated by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).
Head of the CAAI, Joel Feldschuh“We are proud to issue the type certificate to the Hermes Starliner drone, authorizing it to fly in civil airspace like any other civil aircraft. To CAAI’s knowledge, this is a world first”.
“CAAI is an active partner in ICAO’s effort to update international regulations to accommodate remotely piloted aircraft systems in civilian airspace, and this type certificate granted to the UAS Hermes Starliner aligns with this international activity.This Type Certificate is the result of a fundamental process we conducted over six years that included thousands of hours of work, dozens of audits, laboratory testing, testing on the ground, intensive flight tests and thousands of documents”, added Feldschuh.
With a wingspan of 17 meters and a weight of 1.6 tonnes, the Hermes Starliner drone from Elbit Systems is capable of performing up to 36 hours of continuous flight at an altitude of up to 25000 feet and can carry an additional 450 kg of electro-optical, thermal, radar and other payloads.
To date, Elbit Systems has been contracted by the Swiss Federal Department of Defense and the Canadian Department of Transport to supply the Hermes Starliner UAS and by a dozen additional countries to supply other variants of the Hermes 900 UAS.
Certification of a UAS to fly over populated areas and in any civilian airspace allows governments as well as international and commercial organizations to incorporate large, long-range unmanned aircraft into missions that up to present were carried out only by manned aircraft. the Hermes Starliner UAS may participate in border security and counter-terrorism operations; participate in securing mass public events; carry out maritime search and rescue; perform commercial aviation and environmental inspection missions, as well as precision agriculture work.
Elbit Systems has integrated advanced civil aviation technology capabilities onboard the UAS Hermes Starliner, a derivative of the technologically mature UAS Hermes 900, to meet certification standards. These technologies include a terrain avoidance warning system; automatic take-off and landing in poor visibility; redundant avionics, sensors and satellite data links; as well as adverse weather capabilities and direct lightning sustain.
Managing Director of Elbit Systems Aerospace, Yoram Shmuely“We are very pleased to have achieved this international breakthrough, reinforcing our leadership in the UAS market. The ability to integrate UAS into civil airspace now enables governments as well as international and commercial organizations to leverage leverage the unique capabilities of a sophisticated UAS in their pursuit of significant improvements in safety and environmental protection.
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SOURCE Elbit Systems Ltd.