May 10, 2018

US commercial drones given green light

Ten commercial drone projects have been selected to try out new ways for unmanned aircraft to be integrated into the skies. More than one million drones and 90,000 pilots are currently registered with the FAA. The UAS Integration Pilot Program is designed to tackle some of the challenges of integrating drones into national airspace, particularly how to reduce risks to public safety. The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma will work on flying drones beyond a pilot's line of sight, in partnership with CNN. North Carolina will work with Flytrex to test food delivery services. FedEx will work with Memphis County Airport Authority using drones for security and infrastructure and to deliver parts. "Data gathered from these pilot projects will form the basis of a new regulatory framework to safely integrate drones into our national airspace," said US secretary of transportation, Elaine Chao.

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