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US FAA issues first national waiver to conduct UAS operations over people and BVLOS

US FAA issues first national waiver to conduct UAS operations over people and BVLOS

Insurer State Farm has been granted the first FAA national UAS waiver to conduct operations over people (OOP) or beyond the pilot’s visual line of sight (BVLOS). The waiver runs through November 2022. Previously the company had been granted limited-duration waivers in geographic-specific areas in the aftermath of hurricanes. The insurer uses UAS to assess property damage in areas where access can be limited due to water, debris, and damage to infrastructure.

For nearly two years, State Farm has been working with the Mid-Atlantic Aviation Partnership (MAAP) at Virginia Tech on drone safety case research. In May 2018, the Commonwealth of Virginia was selected as one of 10 teams to participate in the FAA Integration Pilot Program (IPP). As a member of the Virginia IPP team, the insurer has worked with MAAP to assess a wide range of potential risks and strategies for reducing them.

Full story: AINonline

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