FAA accepts requirements for Reliable’s navigation and autopilot systems


Taking a step further toward certification, the FAA has accepted the requirements for Reliable Robotics’ advanced aircraft navigation and autopilot systems.

The acceptance means the FAA and Reliable have established agreement on the testing and analysis that will be performed to show that the systems meet agency afety and performance requirements for operations throughout the United States and Alaska.

The systems in question provide continuous autopilot throughout all phases of flight and are key pieces of Reliable’s technology. The company roadmap wants to reduce and the totally 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 means of compliance were cccepted via the FAA’s issue paper process and provide clear requirements for approval as part of Reliable’s ongoing supplemental type certificate project.

Chris Schulenberg, Reliable Robotics Certification Program Manager., said: “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.”

Reliable’s certification plan was accepted by the FAA back in June 2023. 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.