Censys Technologies & Soaring Eagle Receive 12-Mile BVLOS Waiver

By Iapetus Holdings LLC | February 23, 2022

Chandler, AZ (February 11, 2022)Censys Technologies and Soaring Eagle Technologies, a nationwide UAS (Unmanned Aerial System) service provider, have secured their third BVLOS (Beyond Visual Line of Sight) waiver.

The waiver covers a 12-mile distance in Arizona a few hours north of Phoenix – the longest distance approved by the FAA for the Sentaero BVLOS aircraft manufactured by Censys Technologies.

As a measure of safety, the FAA typically requires drone pilots to operate their UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) within their visual line of sight at all times.

This limits how far a UAV can be flown from its operator, and ultimately determines which aerial operations are most economical via drone, and which should be flown by manned-aircraft (planes, helicopters, etc.).

Over the past three years both companies have worked closely with the FAA to build a reputable safety case using Iris Automation’s advanced detect-and-avoid technology (DAA) system, Casia, and have completed thousands of flights.

The Soaring Eagle team plans to utilize the waiver for inspecting transmission power lines per the FAA’s Part 107.31/33 waiver, enabling the remote pilot-in-command (RPIC) to fly three miles down range for a total of six unique miles of data. 

According to the President of Soaring Eagle, Will Paden, “Soaring Eagle, Censys, and Iris Automation are on a mission to help surveyors, engineers and asset managers—including those responsible for utilities, bridges and other critical infrastructure—bridge the gap in cost effectiveness in applications of unmanned aviation. The continued expansion of BVLOS operations means data acquisition with significantly lower cost and environmental impact.”

Censys and Soaring Eagle Technologies are doing truly significant work to expand BVLOS operations," explains Gabrielle Wain, VP of Global Policy and Government Affairs, Iris Automation. "Censys and their clients have documented a huge amount of flight data, coupled with the Casia DAA's groundbreaking performance and reliability data, to prove their mission's safety and capability to the FAA.”

The difference between submitting a waiver three years ago and today is data,” explains John Lobdell, Chief Technology Officer and waiver team lead at Censys. “When we submit a waiver now, we have proof from our flight teams, DAA supplier and customers that proves BVLOS mission reliability.” 

Securing this latest BVLOS waiver helps Soaring Eagle Technologies expand the cost effectiveness of UAS mapping and inspection services it provides to their customers.


About Censys

Censys Technologies Corporation builds remote sensing solutions for UAS service providers, enterprise organizations and government entities. We take pride in the relationships we share with our customers; you are our first priority, and we demonstrate that through stellar customer service. Everything we do is centered on understanding your needs and delivering a product that will perform for you and grow your business. The Sentaero family is the UAV performance and value leader in the fields of agriculture, infrastructure monitoring, disaster relief and public safety. Let us figure out a package that is right for you.


About Soaring Eagle Technologies

Soaring Eagle Technologies is a minority and veteran-owned tech-enabled drone inspections company servicing the continental United States. Soaring Eagle is owned and operated by Houston-based Iapetus Holdings LLC (Iapetus), a privately held portfolio of energy and utility services businesses and alternative investments. Iapetus brings an entrepreneurial, forward-thinking approach and a deep bench of experienced individuals with diverse backgrounds in finance, energy, safety, risk management, communications, human resources, and various other spectrums. The Iapetus suite is a multimillion-dollar portfolio with more than 400 employees across seven U.S. offices in TX, FL, CA, NY, AZ, MS, and MA, efficiently structured to deliver optimum results for clients. The operating companies include Atlas Commodities, Atlas Field Services, Atlas Retail Energy, Soaring Eagle Technologies, Gold Coast Utility Specialists and Hyperion Safety Environmental Solutions. Iapetus is the proud sponsor of a 501c3 non-profit, Atlas Scholars. For more information, visit Iapetus Holdings LLC.


About Iris Automation

Iris Automation is a safety avionics technology company pioneering on and off board perception systems and aviation policy services that enable customers to build scalable operations for crewed and uncrewed aircraft; unlocking the potential of countless industries. Iris’ Casia system runs either onboard the aircraft or in a ground-based configuration. We work closely with civil aviation authorities globally as they implement regulatory frameworks ensuring BVLOS is conducted safely, partnering on multiple FAA ASSURE and BEYOND UAS Integration Programs and Transport Canada's BVLOS Technology Demonstration Program. Visit www.irisonboard.com.



Contact for Censys Technologies:

Adam Zirkelbach - [email protected]


Contact for Soaring Eagle Technologies:

S. Lechin - [email protected]


Contact for Iris:

Ann O’Leary - [email protected]