The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) this week approved the first fully automated commercial drone flights, giving a small company the green light to operate drones without direct supervision by human observers or manned pilots.
The Federal Aviation Administration’s decision states that drones only operate in rural areas at altitudes of less than 400 feet, although it remains a watershed moment in efforts of farmers, miners, and others to lobby for the promotion of the commercial use of drones in their work.
The agency said in the approval documents It was posted on its website The expanded commercial use of unmanned aerial vehicles can bring “efficiencies to the many industries that feed our economy such as agriculture, mining, transportation, and non-permanent manufacturing”.
Moreover, operations will achieve a reduction in the environmental impact, as they will include a small aircraft carrying no passengers or crew, rather than a manned aircraft of a much larger size. Given these small considerations [unmanned aircraft systems] The Federal Aviation Administration said the unmanned aircraft operation to be performed by the petitioner under this exemption is in the public interest.
The Federal Aviation Administration previously approved drones to inspect infrastructure such as railroad tracks and pipelines. American Robotics Inc. , Based in Marlborough, Massachusetts, has received new approval from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
The company’s reconnaissance drones fly on predefined flight programs and have technology they can use to avoid birds and other aircraft. The drones weigh less than 20 pounds, it says The Wall Street Journal, Who was the first to report FAA approval.
The Federal Aviation Administration’s decision comes after four years of testing in eight states and raises the prospect of broader testing for other industries.