Wednesday, June 11, 2014

FAA approves first commercial drone over land

Source: USA Today

The Federal Aviation Administration announced Tuesday that permission for the first commercial drone to fly over U.S. land has gone to oil company BP and drone manufacturer AeroVironment to fly aerial surveys over Alaska's North Slope.
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Until now, the FAA has approved drones for public safety, such as police or firefighters, or for academic research, on a case-by-case basis.
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"The FAA is essentially using the military's prior experience with this specific drone platform in place of the agency's airworthiness certification requirements, so it is not an option for people hoping to use the newer drones being designed by high-tech startups that are not involved in military applications," ...
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The FAA issued restricted permission last summer over Arctic waters for the Puma and Insitu's Scan Eagle, another small drone. Insitu, working with oil company ConocoPhillips, got FAA permission to fly over Arctic waters from Aug. 7 to Oct. 31, and has requested to extend that certificate.
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