FAA Approves First Commercial Flight Over Land

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration today announced that it has given approval for the first commercial drone flights over land. Energy corporation BP and unmanned aircraft systems manufacturer AeroVironment will now be able to legally fly a drone for aerial surveys over BP’s Prudhoe Bay oil field on Alaska’s North Slope.

Here is the rest of the news: http://techcrunch.com/2014/06/10/faa-approves-first-commercial-dron...

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Comment by Gary Mortimer on June 10, 2014 at 11:59am

All it takes is an airframe that meets the military surplus rules and has all the STANAG documentation.

Comment by Gary McCray on June 10, 2014 at 12:14pm

It is ironic that one of the most reviled (Gulf Oil Spill) companies (not even American) should be given the first permission by the FAA.

All the government that money can buy.

Comment by Gary Mortimer on June 10, 2014 at 12:18pm

There have been oil exploration flights going on for years under the flag of conservation flights. Worst kept secret in the industry. Lets not forget at the very first offshore flight in front of I think it was Jim the aircraft went in.

Comment by Pedals2Paddles on June 10, 2014 at 12:19pm

But a 2lb toy taking pictures of corn husks or looking for a missing toddler in the forest.... can't have that.

Comment by UAVStuff on June 10, 2014 at 12:48pm

What am I missing here... Weren't the Conoco flights in Alaska a few months ago officially FAA approved?

Comment by German_ti on June 10, 2014 at 2:12pm

Guys do you know any similar frame?

Puller, curved wing, tail.

I think its great.

Want to find not wery expensive stable frame, that can handle Sony nex with gimball and battery for 60-90minute flight.


Comment by Gary Mortimer on June 10, 2014 at 2:35pm

@UAVStuff they were not allowed over land

Comment by Nikola Rabchevsky on June 10, 2014 at 8:05pm

I'm guessing that the FAA is seeing dollar signs.  Companies like BP can afford expensive license fees and won't flinch at paying them.

Comment by John Dennings on June 10, 2014 at 10:29pm

> The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration today announced that it has given approval for the first commercial drone flights over land.

Futile and bankrupt PR propaganda  to give the impression approvals are needed.

FAA now off to the one, most likely.

Please ...

Comment by Chris Norris on June 11, 2014 at 1:57am

I like the fact that the 2nd video he shows has been auto subtitled, the subtitles are hilarious. 

Oh and BP are as American as any other company that's listed on the stock market, their website says that as of 2012 they were 38% American owned which was the largest share http://www.bp.com/en/global/corporate/investors/share-information/o... 


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