Autonomous Drone Flight 101

Drone flying in the sky using autonomous flight.

By Brandon Guillot, RPC, MAS

One of the most fascinating aspects of modern sUAS is the ability to conduct autonomous flights.

These flights are conducted in a way where the pilot has determined a specific course of action that would be executed by the aircraft — but is not manually providing the “stick and rudder” inputs to accomplish that objective.

Autonomous flights are extremely popular for many reasons, and they even point the way to the future. Once we see changes in the FAA regulatory environment, automatic flights will form the backbone of “Last Mile Delivery” systems using UAS to deliver goods to consumers.

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