FAQ

Frequently asked Questions

What are the differences between UAV, UAS and RPAS?

A UAV is an Unmanned Arial Vehicle, a UAS is an Unmanned Aerial System and an RPAS is a Remotely Piloted Aircraft System. These abbreviations are used interchangeably, although they slightly differ from eachother. UAV is used for the aircraft itself. UAS and RPAS indicate the aircraft, the GCS (Ground Control Station) and the radio station.

What are the advantages of rotorcraft over fixed-wing UAVs?

Rotorcraft are mechanically more complicated than fixed-wing UAVs, but they have significant advantages:

– A VTOL (Vertical Take-Off and Landing) UAV does not need a runway, but only needs a small take-off and landing spot. The helicopter does not need a large obstacle-free departure and approach path due to its vertical take-off/landing profile.
– Because of its hovering capabilities a rotorcraft does not have a stall speed, which is a limiting factor for fixed-wing UAVs.
– Rotorcraft are able to fly at 0 knots groundspeed, which is called hovering. This makes it a very useable product for inspections and surveillance.

What is the difference between VLOS, EVLOS and BVLOS?

VLOS is a flight within Visual Line Of Sight, which is 500 meters from the pilot. EVLOS is a flight within Extended Visual Line Of Sight, from 500 meters range to a distance at which the UAV is still within the pilot’s sight. BVLOS is a flight Beyond Visual Line Of Sight, where the pilot has no visual reference of the aircraft. Every country has its own rules regarding VLOS, EVLOS and BVLOS. High Eye’s Airboxer can be certified for EVLOS and BVLOS flights. High Eye can assist in obtaining this certification in your country.

What are the delivery times for High Eye’s UAVs?

Naturally, the delivery times depend on the amount of UAS ordered and the amount available in stock. A small amount of UAS can be delivered within 8 to 12 weeks, also based on the time needed for the export licence. A larger amount of UAS is usually spread over a couple of months delivered in batches.

Which permits and regulations do I need to consider?

HEF 32 is ITAR-free. It is a dual-use product. This means only for outside the European Union you need export license which we will arrange for you. High Eye already has a global permit for exporting to Australia, Canada, Norway, New Zealand, Switzerland and the USA.

What safety level do High Eye UAVs offer?

The HEF 32 is a very safe UAV. The HEF 32 is a simple and reliable system without endless unnecessary back-up systems for its applications. This helicopter is not meant to fly overhead people or buildings, but it can be used for many other types of missions.

What is included when buying a High Eye UAV?

Every High Eye UAV comes with a complete package. This package includes the helicopter, a ground control station, radio antennas, operations manuals and training. The training includes theory and practical training and will be given at High Eye’s location in The Netherlands.

Do I need a pilot license to fly a UAV?

A commercial or privat pilot license is not required to fly a UAV. Since RPAS regulations are not harmonised and every country has its own requirements, you should consider the regulations of the country in which you want to fly. In The Netherlands the pilot should obtain a BNUC-S license, which you can apply for via EuroUSC or NLR.

Abbreviations and acronyms

BNUC-S Basic National UAS Certificate for Small unmanned aircraft
BVLOS Beyond Visual Line Of Sight
CAA Civil Aviation Authority
CNC Computer Numerical Control
CS LURS Certification Specification for Light Unmanned Rotorcraft Systems
DARPAS Dutch Association for Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems
ECU Engine Control Unit
ILenT Inspectie Leefomgeving en Transport (Dutch NAA)
JARUS Joint Authorities for Rulemaking on Unmanned Systems
NAA National Aviation Authorities
NLR Nederlands Lucht- en Ruimtevaart instituut (Dutch Aerospace Laboratory)
RPAS Remotely Piloted Aircraft System
UAS Unmanned Aircraft System
UAV Unmanned Aerial Vehicle
UPS Uninterruptible Power Supply
VLOS Visual Line Of Sight
VTOL Vertical Take-Off and Landing

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