FAA issues five more exemptions for commercial UAS operations

The Federal Aviation Administration has granted five additional exemptions to four companies for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) operations representing a range of industries.

The four companies receiving exemptions—Trimble Navigation Limited, VDOS Global LLC, Clayco Inc. and Woolpert Inc. (two exemptions)—will fly UAS to conduct aerial surveying, construction site monitoring and oil rig flare stack inspections.

Including the exemptions previously issued to film and video production companies, the agency has now granted 12 exemptions. In testimony before the U.S. House Aviation Subcommittee last week, Peggy Gilligan, the FAA’s associate administrator for aviation safety, said more than 160 requests are pending.

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