Following a court ruling, Texas EquuSearch, a volunteer organization that searches for missing persons, recently said it planned to continue using unmanned aerial systems (UAS) after having received a warning from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to stop doing so.
Now, the organization has officially resumed using UAS, the Associated Press reports.
The Texas-based group had sued the FAA after the agency sent an order several months ago for the organization to stop using UAS in its search missions.
The lawsuit was then dismissed in a federal appeals court in Washington, D.C., because the court was reportedly not able to properly assess the case because the FAA’s order was not an official final ruling.
The group is now using a UAS – sponsored by RP Flight Systems Inc. – to look for a missing Montgomery, Texas, man over difficult terrain and in the midst of grueling weather conditions.
Read the Associated Press report here.