By Greg Nichols, Contributing Writer on Aug. 31, 2022
The age of the commercial drone is upon us. If regulation is still a piecemeal affair, there can be little doubt the FAA is on board.
The latest evidence is an exceptionally broad waiver granted by the agency Wednesday to a prominent drone service provider for a wide variety of commercial applications. The approval comes in the form of a new exemption issued by the FAA to Ondas Holdings' American Robotics removing the limitations set on its previous exemption, which had restricted operations to "research and development, crew training, and market surveys." The new exemption, along with American Robotics' waiver for fully automated beyond-visual-line-of-sight (BVLOS) operations, provides the company with the authority to operate its autonomous Scout System drone commercially without limitations on use.