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A tethered UAS is
one where the unmanned aircraft remains securely attached (tethered) via a
physical link to a person, the ground or an object at all times while it is
flying. The tether normally takes the form of a flexible wire or a cable
and may also include the power supply to the aircraft as well.
Operations with a
tethered UAS can be used as an efficient solution in a number of cases, for
example where an operating area is restricted, or when the required flight time
exceeds the normal endurance of a free flying battery powered aircraft.
Tethered UAS are
subject to the same basic operating regulations as all other unmanned aircraft
and, where necessary, are subject to the same authorisation process, but the
fact that the operation is tethered can be used as a significant mitigation
factor when applying for an operational authorisation, thus greatly simplifying
the overall process.
If you are planning
to conduct a tethered UAS operation, please use the link below that relates to
your type of operation.
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