Nebraska Firm Lands Exemption for Draganfly, 3DR UAVs


Olsson Associates, a Lincoln, Neb.-based provider of engineering and design services for public and private infrastructure projects, has been given a Section 333 exemption to operate the Draganfly X4-ES, 3D Robotics Aero-M and 3D Robotics X8+ unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).

The firm, which has more than 28 offices in the Midwest and Southwest U.S., says its UAV services include aerial inspection, photogrammetric and LiDAR survey, wildlife monitoring, and architectural pre-visualization.

“This exemption is an important step for Olsson Associates in providing accurate, actionable and defensible aerial data products to our clients,” comments Jonathan Harris, unmanned systems program manager for the company. “Our clients are continually looking for new and innovative ways to reduce costs while increasing their safety of operations.”

Harris adds that unmanned aircraft “are an incredible tool to meet those demands,” and Ryan Beckman, Olsson’s senior vice president of sales and new business, believes the technology is “critical to the future way of doing business in an efficient and cost-effective way.”

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