Of the 3,385 Section 333 exemptions granted to date by the Federal Aviation Administration, a number of them in the most recent string of exemptions belonged to colleges and universities.
In February alone, the following have been given the green light for commercial drone operations:
- The College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources at the University of Hawaii at Manoa for agricultural and environmental aerial data collection;
- The University of Nebraska Kearney for photography, as well as audio and video filming by air for public and private uses, including television, cinematography, advertising, promotions or public events;
- Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University for aerial data collection, including imaging and remote sensing and surveying for education, training, and research and development;
- Fort Hays State University for aerial photography, video and survey, as well as training, instruction and research;
- The University of Pennsylvania for aerial imaging and remote sensing and surveying in support of research operations;
- The University of Virginia for aerial photography, video, survey, inspection, research and development, student instruction, and education;
- Pennsylvania State University for aerial data collection, including imaging and remote sensing and surveying in support of its teaching, research and public service mission; and
- The University of Florida for wildlife surveys, monitoring and ecological research.