Leica Geosystems completes CAA qualifications

UAV CAA Qualifications

(Milton Keynes, UK, 6 July 2016) - Leica Geosystems announced today its completion of all aspects required to fly and operate UAV’s commercially by the CAA (Civil Aviation Authority). Leica Geosystems has now achieved the PFAW certificate (Permission for Aerial Work) and can move on to lawfully operate commercially in the UK.

Law Obligations
To operate commercially in the UK, a company must achieve all qualifications and standards set out by the CAA relating to the weight class the system falls in order to achieve a PFAW (Permission For Aerial Work). Leica Geosystems’ system falls into the sub 7kg weight class meaning the completion of a theory course with an NQE (national qualified entity) was needed. This was followed by compiling an operations manual and finally completing a flight assessment. On successful completion of all three elements the company receives a PFAW certificate and is properly accredited to fly commercially.

Robert Heaver, technical specialist UAS at Leica Geosystems said: “For us as a company who want to showcase not only our UAS abilities but also our commitment to lawful and responsible flying, completing all mandated qualifications set by the CAA was something we were happy to do. This commitment along with our close relationship with RUSTA (Rheinmetall Unmanned Systems Training Academy) will also enable us to give industry leading training, support and advice to our customers and now allows us to move forward and demonstrate the Aibot X6 V2 at our upcoming demonstration days.”

“The CAA approval for the UK is a very important step for both, Leica Geosystems/Aibotix and our customers. The CAA approval symbolizes the high quality of the UAV Aibot X6 Version 2 and the training standards of Leica Geosystems and Aibotix. Professional UAV operators can be sure of the reliability and safety of the complete UAV solution of Leica Geosystems and Aibotix. The CAA approval offers many opportunities for surveying engineers, professional inspection companies and potential users in the field of agriculture and forestry," said Ben Federmann, director of Marketing and Communications for Aibotix.

From the 5th of July 2016 Leica Geosystems will be holding monthly demonstration days to showcase the Aibotix X6 V2 abilities. The demonstrations will be centrally based at Hawk in Shropshire to include site specific data so customers can relate to the data they are viewing. The demonstrations will be half day demonstrations including inspection, volume control, 3-D modelling and information on multi spectral and thermographic sensors. CAA rules and regulations and how to achieve a PFAW through a NQE will also be covered.

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About Leica Geosystems

Revolutionising the world of measurement and survey for 200 years, Leica Geosystems, part of Hexagon, creates complete solutions for professionals across the planet. Known for premium products and innovative solution development, professionals in a diverse mix of industries, such as aerospace and defence, safety and security, construction, and manufacturing, trust Leica Geosystems for all their geospatial needs. With precise and accurate instruments, sophisticated software, and trusted services, Leica Geosystems delivers value every day to those shaping the future of our world.

Hexagon is a global leader in sensor, software and autonomous solutions. We are putting data to work to boost efficiency, productivity, and quality across industrial, manufacturing, infrastructure, safety, and mobility applications.

Our technologies are shaping urban and production ecosystems to become increasingly connected and autonomous — ensuring a scalable, sustainable future.

Hexagon (Nasdaq Stockholm: HEXA B) has approximately 24,000 employees in 50 countries and net sales of approximately 5.2bn EUR. Learn more at hexagon.com and follow us @HexagonAB.

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Leica Geosystems has now gained the CAA approval to operate UAVs in the UK.