FAA-approved UAV company list increases again

By Emily Aasand | February 04, 2015

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration granted eight more companies regulatory exemptions for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) use, bringing the total number of exemption grants to 24.

The FAA recently issued exemptions to Total Safety U.S. Inc. for flare stack inspections, Slugwear Inc. (dba Likeona Tree Aerial) for aerial photography and surveys, and to Team 5 LLC; Shotover Camera Systems LP; Helinet Aviation Services LLC; and Alan D. Purwin for film and television production. The FAA also amended exemptions previously granted to Pictorvision Inc. and Aerial MOB to allow the companies to fly other UAV platforms not approved in their original COA.  

These exemptions follow two other UAS exemptions granted at the end of January to AeroCine LLC for aerial cinematography and to Burnz Eye View Inc. for aerial photography and inspections.

While all applications must acquire a certificate of authorization (COA), the U.S. Secretary of Transportation, Anthony Foxx, found that the UAS in the proposed operations do not need an FAA-issued certificate of airworthiness because they, “do not pose a threat to national airspace users or national security.” Those findings are permitted under Section 333 of the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012.

According to the FAA, it has received 342 requests for exemptions from commercial entities and individuals.

Other FAA exemptions include HeliVideo Productions LLC, Snaproll Media LLC, RC Pro Productions Consulting LLC dba Vortex Aerial, Flying Cam LLC, Clyco Inc, Trimble Navigation, Limited, VDOS Global LCC, Woolpert Inc (I) and Woolpert Inc (II).


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