Reliable Robotics Continues Momentum Towards Certification of its Autonomous Flight System

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

Reliable Robotics, a leader in safety-enhancing aircraft automation systems, today announced further certification progress with FAA acceptance of requirements for Reliable's advanced aircraft navigation and autopilot systems. These systems provide continuous autopilot engagement throughout all phases of flight including automatic taxi, takeoff, and landing. In an industry-leading first, Reliable Robotics and the FAA established agreement on the testing and analysis that will be performed to show that these highly automated systems satisfy FAA safety and performance requirements for operations throughout the conterminous United States and Alaska.


Accurate, high-integrity navigation and continuous autopilot engagement systems are key elements of Reliable's roadmap to reduce or eliminate controlled flight into terrain (CFIT) and loss of control in flight (LOC-I), the two most common causes of fatal aviation accidents. The agreed-upon means of compliance were coordinated and accepted via the FAA's issue paper process and provide clear requirements for approval as part of Reliable's ongoing Supplemental Type Certificate project.

"We are immensely pleased with the FAA and the positive working relationship we've established together - it is clear that we share the common goal of improving aircraft safety through automation," said Chris Schulenberg, Reliable Robotics Certification Program Manager.

Reliable's certification plan was accepted by the FAA in June 2023, providing a roadmap for certification using existing FAA regulations and processes. This followed progress made the year prior, when the FAA agreed to the certification basis for continuous autopilot engagement through the G-1 issue paper process.

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. Learn more and see job openings at https://reliable.co.

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