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The GRIFF 300 drone combines a lifting capacity of up to 300 kg and a long flight time (30-45 mins). The large drone, manufactured by Griff Aviation, has aviation authority certification – it has been certified by both the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
According to the company’s site, a variety of payload options are available for professional use. State-of-the-art payloads can be ordered that have been specifically designed for the armed forces, law enforcement, fire service and search and rescue teams. Griff Aviation also offers specialist payloads for wind-turbine maintenance, as well as heavy-load cargo missions.
Dronelife.com cites the company’s CEO, Leif Johan Holland: ‘We knew from early on that safety is absolutely paramount for both the aviation industry and our potential, professional customers. For that reason, we were determined to attain international aviation certification, which we have done. As a result, I am proud to say that we are the first company in the world to be selling certified drones to the professional market. This will open up new opportunities globally in a very demanding sector.’
This stringent certification, combined with the extreme capabilities of the GRIFF 300, have resulted in a UAS system that can perform the most demanding professional missions with a safety standard unseen in the industry to date. The risk to people and property has been drastically reduced.
Before the official launch of the UAS, Holland said: ‘We have worked around the clock for two years on this project. But this is just the first in a series. The next model that will be produced will be able to lift 800kg. Then we will continue to increase lifting capacity even further. This is the start of a revolution in aviation.’
The GRIFF 300 is easy to transport, assemble and operate. There is also great emphasis on the ease of interaction between the person piloting the drone and its control systems. As Holland says, ‘Our aim is to give our customers an optimal user interface, either controlling a drone from a fixed or a mobile ground station. If the customer wishes, they can use a helicopter cockpit or a captain’s chair, with full view of the map, telemetry and video feed.’