The Property Drone Consortium (PDC), a collaboration of insurance carriers, construction industry leaders and supporting enterprises promoting research and development (R&D) for the safe use of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), says it has been granted a commercial exemption from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
Working in conjunction with EagleView Technologies, the PDC is authorized, through the Section 333 exemption and COA, to use Microdrones’ MD4?1000 and Aerialtronics’ Altura Zenith ATX8 for aerial data collection, including research for property inspection in the insurance and construction industries.
EagleView is working closely with the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety to lead the research effort, which focuses on the collection, processing and assessment of drone-captured imagery for property exteriors – specifically, roof-damage detection. Research will also include ongoing safety initiatives for collision avoidance, visual line of sight and automated flight planning.
Founded by EagleView Technology Corp., a provider of aerial imagery, data analytics and GIS solutions, the PDC is committed to addressing considerations and success factors for UAS use, especially when it comes to data collection, process and delivery, as well as safe and economical capture.