Reliable Robotics progresses certification of Autonomous Flight System

Underside view of Reliable Robotics unmanned aircraft on approach to land.
Photo Credit: Reliable Robotics

Reliable Robotics, a leader in safety-enhancing aircraft automation systems, has announced further certification progress with FAA acceptance of requirements for Reliable’s advanced aircraft navigation and autopilot systems.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has now accepted the requirements for Reliable’s advanced aircraft navigation and autopilot systems.

These systems represent a major advancement in aviation technology, offering continuous autopilot engagement throughout all stages of flight, including automatic taxi, takeoff, and landing.

Aviation Safety: CFIT & LOC-I

Central to Reliable’s automation mission is the commitment to mitigating aviation accidents caused by controlled flight into terrain (CFIT) and loss of control in flight (LOC-I), which are among the leading causes of fatal accidents.

By integrating accurate, high-integrity navigation and continuous autopilot engagement systems into aircraft, Reliable Robotics aims to significantly reduce the occurrence of such accidents, thus enhancing overall aviation safety.


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View of cockpit of uncrewed Reliable Robotics C208B in flight.
Photo Credits: Reliable Robotics

Regulatory Compliance

Reliable Robotics and the FAA have now concluded the definition of requirements covering full-flight navigation and automation solutions.

The recent agreement between Reliable Robotics and the FAA thus marks a significant milestone in the journey towards regulatory compliance and certification.

Through collaborative efforts, both parties have established a framework for testing and analysis to demonstrate the safety and performance of Reliable’s highly automated systems.

This agreement encompasses operations across the conterminous United States and Alaska, showcasing the commitment to ensuring safety across diverse aviation landscapes.

Chris Schulenberg, Reliable Robotics Certification Program Manager, expressed his satisfaction with the collaborative efforts between Reliable Robotics and the FAA.

He emphasized the shared goal of enhancing aircraft safety through automation, underscoring the positive working relationship established between the two entities.

Roadmap for Certification

The operator’s certification plan, accepted by the FAA in June 2023, outlines a clear roadmap for certification using existing FAA regulations and processes.

This strategic approach aligns with the company’s commitment to adhering to stringent safety standards while leveraging innovative technologies to enhance aviation safety.

About Reliable Robotics

Reliable Robotics launched in 2017 to bring safe, certified automation systems to commercial aviation. The company’s system enables remote operation of any aircraft type.

Reliable’s vision is to transform the way we move goods and people around the planet with safer, more convenient and more affordable air transportation.

The company is headquartered in Mountain View, CA and has a distributed global workforce.

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