FAA OKs Drone Operation With Radar Beyond Line Of Sight

Law360 (October 18, 2018, 4:54 PM EDT) -- The Federal Aviation Administration has approved drone maker Avitas Systems' request to operate a commercial drone beyond visual line of sight in a Texas oil field without a second spotter, setting a new precedent for commercial drone operations, the company recently announced.

Avitas, a General Electric Co. venture, has been granted permission by the FAA to fly large unmanned aerial systems, or UAS — those weighing more than 55 pounds — at low altitudes beyond the operator's visual line of sight, to carry out industrial inspections in Texas' Permian Basin, a large oil field, it said Tuesday.

The FAA typically requires...

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