Federal Aviation Authority of America grants permission to operate unmanned drones


The US Federal Aviation Administration has granted permission to Massachusetts-based American Robotics Inc. to operate unmanned drones, and the decision limits operations in areas with light air traffic and daytime vision and requires the drone not to exceed 400 feet.

The agency said American Robotics operations will provide it with critical data for use in evaluating “beyond the line of sight” or BVLOS operations from off-site sites.

The Federal Aviation Administration said: “Operations will achieve a reduction in the environmental impact, as it will include a small aircraft that does not carry passengers or crew, rather than a manned aircraft of a much larger size.” American Robotics described it as a milestone in the manufacture of unmanned aircraft. The approval makes the scouting system the first unmanned aircraft technology capable of operating continuously without the cost of a human worker on site.


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