UAS Magazine reports that the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration has granted two additional regulatory exemptions for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) in 2015.
The exemptions were given to Advanced Aviation Solutions in Spokane, Wash., and Douglas Trudeau with Tierra Antigua Realty located in Tucson, Ariz. These exemptions bring the total to 14 companies representing a range of industries.
Advanced Aviation Solutions will be now be able to perform crop scouting for precision agriculture by using a fixed-wing eBee Ag UAS.
senseFly’s eBee Ag UAS is able to photograph up to 2,470 acres in a single flight, then use those images to create high-resolution maps that show which crops need treatment or closer examination. The eBee Ag has a wingspan of 96 cm (38 inches), can fly for up to 45 minutes and has automatic three-dimensional flight planning.
According to the FAA report, Trudeau’s exemption allows him to fly a Phantom 2 Vision+ quadcopter to enhance academic community awareness and augment real estate listing videos.
While both applications must acquire a certificate of authorization (COA), the U.S. Secretary of Transportation, Anthony Foxx, found that the UAS in the proposed operations do not need an FAA-issued certificate of airworthiness because they, “do not pose a threat to national airspace users or national security.” Those findings are permitted under Section 333 of the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012.
According to the FAA, to date, it has received 214 requests for exemptions from commercial entities.
Recent FAA exemptions include Aerial MOB, LLC, Pictorvision Inc., HeliVideo Productions LLC, Snaproll Media LLC, RC Pro Productions Consulting LLC dba Vortex Aerial, Flying Cam LLC, CLyco Inc, Trimble Navigation, Limited, VDOS Global LCC, Woolpert Inc (I) and Woolpert Inc (II).