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The Israeli Civilian Aviation Authority (RTA) gave aviation permits to two UAV operators. The permits are the first of their kind given in this new field, allowing the use of unmanned aerial vehicles in a variety of fields. Among the possible uses: Aerial photography, agricultural research, civilian infrastructure security, power cable monitoring, mapping and more.

Steadicopter Black Eagle 50. Photo: Steadicopter
Steadicopter Black Eagle 50. Photo: Steadicopter

The permit process is similar to the one used for aviation companies operating small manned aircraft. It includes reviewing the company procedures, the operators and the UAV systems themselves.

IHLS – Israel Homeland Security

The goal of the process is to ensure that while the unmanned aircraft are in use the safety of aircraft in Israeli airspace is maintained, in addition to the safety of the general public. These new permits lead the way for other companies, facilitating the development of a new, high-potential market.

The first two permits were given to the Steadicopter and Bladeworx companies.