FAA Approves First Commercial Flight Over Land

2014-06-10_0941.png?w=738The 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-drone-flights-over-land/

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  • What is an American company ? Many large well known so called American companies dont even pay tax in America. Theres no such thing as <pick any country> company. Companies are only loyal to the place or gov that helps them.

  • >FAA now off to the one, most likely

    Typo: FAA now off the the next lie, most likely

  • “The technology is quickly changing, and the opportunities are growing.”

    Yes, growing for those with big bank accounts.

  • Are we supposed to be happy with the FAA now?  Congratulations.  You granted approval to use an extremely expensive UAV over an unpopulated deserted sheet of ice by a company with more money than they know what to do with.  Progressive and forward thinking right there.  That abandoned deserted ice cap definitely benefits from UAV operation.  Unlike silly meaningless uses such searching for missing children, mapping natural disasters, or photographing corn husks.

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    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... 

  • > 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 ...

  • 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.

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    @UAVStuff they were not allowed over land

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

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