Italian Authority Awards First Commercial UAV Permit

A manufacturer of small UAVs said it was awarded the first permit from the Italian Civil Aviation Authority (Enac) to operate a remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) in non-segregated airspace.

Aermatica, of Venegono Superiore, Italy, said it obtained the permit for its Anteos RPA, a battery-powered quadcopter.

Italy’s Enel electric utility has chosen the Anteos to study the use of small RPAs for remote monitoring of power plants. Operating such aircraft in an industrial setting “strictly requires an aeronautical approach,” Piero Refolo, Aermatica CEO, wrote in an email to AIN. “For this reason it’s necessary to get all the relevant authorizations from the Civil Aviation Authority, to consider all the requirements in terms of safety typical of an industrial plant (and) to acquire data that represents the ‘proof of safety’ of that application.”

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