FAA certifies first two drones for commercial use

From the Washington Post:

WASHINGTON — Federal regulators say they have certified two types of unmanned aircraft for civilian use, a milestone expected to lead to the first approved commercial drone operations later this summer.

The Federal Aviation Administration said Friday the drones are Insitu’s Scan Eagle X200 and AeroVironment’s PUMA [shown above]. Both weigh less than 55 pounds, are about 4.5 feet long and have wingspans of 9 to 10 feet.

A major energy company plans to fly the Scan Eagle off the Alaska coast starting in August to survey ice floes and migrating whales. The PUMA is expected to support emergency response crews for oil spill monitoring and wildlife surveillance over the Beaufort Sea.

Most nonmilitary use of drones in the U.S. has been limited to police and other government agencies.

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Comment by Digital Wings on July 29, 2013 at 1:26pm
Hmmm this could be an interesting project. I'll try to contact the 2 companies and the FAA and see what the process and requirements are. I'll post my findings when I get them. Hopefully it is less underhanded than we all think.
Comment by Helidoc83 on July 29, 2013 at 2:53pm

3600.00 for the PUMA, that includes what?

And can the guy off the street buy one?

Comment by Digital Wings on July 29, 2013 at 3:26pm
Made some calls, did some digging and here is the FAA type cert acquired by both aircraft. Many aircraft that operate today already hold this type cert. example the c-130s that are used for forest fires.

http://www.ecfr.gov/cgi-bin/text-idx?c=ecfr&SID=5c3782652591de9...

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