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FAA changes rules for public safety drone flights

Posted: Aug. 27, 2020

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) changed a rule that may positively impact your department or agency’s unmanned aircraft system (UAS) program.

Previously, departments were required to keep a visual line of sight with the UAS drone during operations. The FAA now allows departments to apply for a First Responder Tactical Beyond Visual Line of Sight (TBVLOS) waiver. The waiver is temporary but can be applied for in advance and used in extreme emergencies to safeguard life.

First responders interested in the TBVLOS waiver must already have a valid Part 91 Certificate of Authorization and follow specific flying guidelines.

Learn more about the waiver and how to apply for it in the TBVLOS Waiver Guide or on the FAA website.

This article appears in the
Aug. 27, 2020 InfoGram.

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