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Report: FAA Drone Approvals Skyrocket

By Staff Writer | July 10, 2015
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The FAA’s streamlined process for approving unmanned aerial system (UAS) exemptions is clearly working, if Bloomberg News’ analysis is to be believed. Using a database it compiled from federal data, the news service said, it found the aviation agency is approving about 250 UAS operating permits each month. By the end of March, the agency had issued 51 permits this year, the news service said. That number leapt to 714 by the end of June. The FAA implemented an expedited approval process in April, pending its issuance of permanent rules for small UASs next year. The expedited process makes approval nearly automatic if a new permit request is similar enough to previously approved permit. Bloomberg said half the permits were for photography and videography, while 27 percent were for inspections and 24 percent for mapping and surveying (although most applicants listed multiple potential uses).

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