Universities Claim Number of Spots in Recent String of Drone Exemptions

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.

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