Media Organizations Continue Testing Drone Use for Newsgathering

This week, the coalition of media organizations working with the Mid-Atlantic Aviation Partnership (MAAP) on the use of drones in journalism, conducted phase-two test flights as a part of its research plan.

The flights, which took place on the campus of Virginia Tech University, simulated news events in urban settings, which “required more advanced maneuvers in complex, real-life scenarios,” according to coverage from “One scenario required multiple UAS flying in close proximity to each other, so pilots were required to work together to share the airspace.”

The coalition comprises companies such as the Associated Press, Getty Images, NBCUniversal, the New York Times and the Washington Post. The results of the testing will be shared with the FAA as the agency works on its UAS regulations.


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