California News Agency to Test Newsgathering Potential of UAS


California-based news agency The Fresno Bee plans to assess the newsgathering capabilities of an unmanned aerial system (UAS).

Pending the results of testing, The Fresno Bee may use the GoPro camera-equipped quadcopter for aerial photography of accidents, fires, farmland, lakes and waterways, according to an article by The Business Journal. Parking lots will be the first venue for evaluation.

Although the UAS can stay airborne for only 20 minutes, the news agency says the aircraft, compared to a helicopter, is less costly and more readily available.

The Fresno Bee is aware of the current restrictions imposed by the Federal Aviation Administration on commercial operations of drones and says it is investigating the regulations before deploying the UAS.

The full Business Journal article is available here.

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