A Number of Commercial Entities Land FAA UAS Exemptions


872_101817510 A Number of Commercial Entities Land FAA UAS ExemptionsBringing the total number to 24, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has granted eight more regulatory exemptions for the commercial use of unmanned aerial systems (UAS).

The new exemptions for six entities are as follows:

  • Alan D. Purwin for film/TV production;
  • Helinet Aviation Services LLC for film/TV production;
  • Shotover Camera Systems LP for film/TV production;
  • Slugwear Inc. (dba LikeonaTree Aerial) for aerial photography and surveys;
  • Team 5 LLC for film/TV production; and
  • Total Safety U.S. Inc. for flare stack inspections.

The FAA says it has also amended the exemptions previously granted to Pictorvision Inc. and Aerial MOB LLC to let the companies fly additional types of small UAS for aerial photography and videography in film and television.

According to the full exemption grants, Alan. D. Purwin would operate a Gryphon Dynamics X8 and DJI S1000. Purwin also filed petitions on behalf of Helinet Aviation Services, Shotover Camera Systems and Team 5, which would all also be using the preceding two UAS.

Slugwear’s exemption was filed on behalf of D. Douglas Branch. The company would use a DJI Phantom 2 to “conduct aerial photography and survey for various industries.”

Filed on behalf of Mark A. Dombroff of McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP, Total Safety U.S.’s exemption would allow DJI S1000 operations for “conducting flare stack inspections for the oil, natural gas, petro-chemical and pipeline industries.”

Pictorvision’s amended exemption would allow operations with “two additional variations of the PV-14817 multi-rotor UAS: the PV-HL1 and the PV-HL2.” The amendment for Aerial MOB includes the addition of the Aerial MOB Discovery Pro and the Aerial MOB Halo 8 UAS.

The agency explains that operations require both a pilot and observer, the pilot must have at least an FAA Private Pilot certificate and a current medical certificate, and the UAS must remain within line of sight at all times.

As of Feb. 3, the FAA has received 342 requests for UAS exemptions from commercial entities and individuals.

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