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FAA Approves First Fully Automated Commercial Drone Flights

By Andy Pasztor and Katy Stech Ferek Updated Jan. 15, 2021

U.S. aviation regulators have approved the first fully automated commercial drone flights, granting a small Massachusetts-based company permission to operate drones without hands-on piloting or direct observation by human controllers or observers.

The decision by the Federal Aviation Administration limits operation of automated drones to rural areas and altitudes below 400 feet, but is a potentially significant step in expanding commercial applications of drones for farmers, utilities, mining companies and other customers.

Source: The Wall Street Journal


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