Reliable Robotics remotely operates uncrewed Cessna 208B Caravan

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

Reliable Robotics, a specialist in aircraft automation systems, recently marked a notable milestone in its mission to introduce advanced safety-enhancing technologies to the U.S. aviation market.

The event was the uncrewed flight of a Cessna 208B Caravan, controlled remotely from Reliable’s command center located 50 miles away.

This historic event not only signifies a breakthrough in aviation but also highlights the potential of autonomous flight systems in enhancing safety and efficiency.

Reliable’s Autonomous Flight System

Reliable’s autonomous flight system sets a new standard by enabling remote operation of aircraft, enhancing safety by automating all phases of operation, including taxi, takeoff, and landing.


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This system, adaptable to various aircraft, incorporates multiple layers of redundancy and advanced navigation technology, crucial for ensuring the integrity and reliability required for uncrewed flight.

One of its key benefits is the prevention of fatal aviation accidents, particularly controlled flight into terrain (CFIT) and loss of control in flight (LOC-I), which are responsible for a significant portion of such incidents.

The Cessna Caravan, designed and manufactured by Textron Aviation Inc., stands as a testament to Reliable Robotics’ collaboration with industry leaders.

Textron Aviation, encompassing the Beechcraft, Cessna, and Hawker brands, has delivered over 3,000 Caravans, solidifying its position as the world’s most popular turboprop utility aircraft.

Chris Hearne, Senior Vice President of Engineering and Programs at Textron Aviation, emphasizes the commitment to continuous aviation improvement through the collaboration with Reliable Robotics.

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Essential Role in Cargo Transportation

Regional cargo aircraft like the Cessna Caravan play a vital role in connecting communities and businesses globally.

With a substantial useful load of over 3,000 pounds and the ability to operate from shorter runways, these aircraft ensure the timely delivery of time-sensitive shipments to locations that might otherwise lack next-day or same-day service.

The introduction of remote piloting expands the reach of this critical service, benefiting even more areas.

ASL Aviation Holdings

ASL Aviation Holdings, a global aviation services company operating airlines across Europe, Asia, Africa, and Australia, has been collaborating with Reliable Robotics since 2022.

With a fleet of over 160 aircraft, ASL focuses on providing cargo services for leading express parcel integrators and eCommerce platforms.

Dave Andrew, Chief Executive of ASL Aviation Holdings, emphasizes the partnership’s aim to enhance cargo delivery to smaller, underserved areas through reliable, flexible, and cost-efficient means.

Collaboration with the U.S. Air Force

Reliable Robotics extends its innovative solutions beyond commercial aviation through collaboration with the U.S. Air Force.

Building on the success of remote piloting for the Cessna Caravan, both entities explore the application of this technology to large multi-engine aircraft for cargo logistics, aerial refueling, and other critical missions.

With contracts dating back to 2021, Reliable Robotics demonstrates its commitment to advancing military capabilities through autonomous flight.

FAA Certification

In June 2023, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) formally accepted the certification plan for Reliable’s autonomous flight system.

Leveraging existing regulations for normal and transport category aircraft, the plan sets the stage for widespread adoption without requiring special conditions or exemptions.

With unprecedented FAA certification progress and multiple industry-first achievements, Reliable Robotics stands poised to deliver safety-enhancing aircraft automation systems to revolutionize the aviation landscape.

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