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FAA GRANTS 2ND GROUP OF UAS EXEMPTIONS

On Monday, the FAA granted a second group of Section 333 Exemptions. The five exemptions granted cover operations for aerial surveying, construction site monitoring and oil rig flare stack inspections. The petitioners were Trimble Navigation Limited, VDOS Global, LLC, Clayco, Inc. and Woolpert, Inc. (which received two exemptions). The exemptions granted to these companies follow the same general template used by the FAA for the exemptions previously granted to the film makers.

These exemptions contain the same types of flight restrictions that the FAA has previously imposed, such as line-of-sight operation, and require an additional Certificate of Waiver or Authorization (COAs) that will specify any rules necessary for safe flight at the specific locations of the work. It should be noted that all of the exemptions require the pilot-in-command to have a private pilot’s license, with the exception of Woolpert, Inc., which made a commitment in its petitions to use commercial pilots.

On a related matter, the FAA has promised to release its commercial drone rules by the end of the year. Well, were getting closer and so far no joy! It was reported that on Thursday, FAA assistant chief counsel Mark Bury said that hope is rapidly slipping away. We shall see.

 

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