IRIS permanently licensed to perform countrywide drone operations

As preferred Unmanned Air Vehicle-partner to the Connected Drone project led by eSmart Systems, IRIS Group has now received a permanent approval of doing Drone operations along power line grids all over Norway.

Recently, IRIS Group announced on their homepage that they have been awarded a permanent national approval for Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) Unmanned Air Vehicle (UAS)/Drone operations for the electricity power line grids throughout Norway.


The country has more than 400.000 kilometres of powerlines. Such approval for UAS by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) is quite unique both in Norway and across Europe. 


“We highly appreciate the trust placed in us by the Norwegian CAA in granting this ground breaking BVLOS approval and the opportunity it brings to this new emerging technology to deliver cutting edge UAS operations, that benefit our clients in the energy industry”, IRIS Group CEO Neil Hunter states in the company’s news room article.


IRIS Group has achieved this approval as the preferred UAS partner to the Connected Drone project led by eSmart Systems in Norway, with the long-term aim of providing autonomous airborne powerline inspections to the Norwegian powerline companies.

“By using drones, grid operators can predict future problems, drastically reduce the time from data collection to completed analysis and perform operations in a more simple, safe and swift way. Being permitted to fly drones across all power lines in the country is important for further development of the Connected Drone project”, says Knut Johansen, CEO of eSmart Systems.