The Future of Advanced Air Mobility

FAA Clears Reliable Robotics for Next Stage of Remote Operations Approval

The FAA has progressed the G-2 issue paper covering the process for approving Reliable Robotics’ plans to convert aircraft for remote operations to Stage 3. Announcing the move last week, the California company’s CEO, Robert Rose, said it “represents a crucial step in coming to an agreement with the FAA as to how our navigation and autoflight system will meet the performance-based safety objectives contained in 14 CFR Part 23 Amendment 64."

The G-2 issue paper is part of the process through which Reliable Robotics aims to secure a supplemental type certificate to convert Textron’s Cessna Caravan aircraft to operate with its autopilot engaged in all phases of flight, including taxi, takeoff, cruise, and landing. It plans to secure this approval from the U.S. aviation regulator during the second half of 2023.

In August 2022, the FAA confirmed acceptance of the certification basis for the advanced navigation and autoflight system on which the Reliable Robotics remotely operated system is based. Under its own Part 135 operator’s certificate, the company has been testing the technology with a pilot on board cargo flights in the Albuquerque, New Mexico area.

Last month, Reliable Robotics announced a partnership with Europe-based airlines group ASL Aviation Holdings to explore prospects for introducing remotely operated aircraft to its fleet. Initially, the companies aim to select twin-turboprop freighters for conversion.