Helinet Aviation, a diversified flight services company based in Van Nuys, Calif., has received its blanket Certificate of Waiver or Authorization (COA) for commercial unmanned aerial system flights.
Helinet, which holds a Section 333 exemption, says it is one of the first companies to receive this blanket COA, which will allow it to shoot drone aerials for broadcast and motion picture productions without obtaining individual COAs for each assignment.
Specifically, as the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) had explained in the new policy, the COA removes the requirement that Helinet apply on a case-by-case basis for advance approval to fly in a particular block of airspace.
‘This new COA brings our UAS capabilities more in line with our traditional helicopter operations, allowing us to quickly respond to client projects without going through an individual, weeks-long-approval process for each job,” comments Alan Purwin, president of Helinet.
The COA authorizes Helinet to operate a Gryphon Dynamics X8 quadcopter and a DJI S1000 octocopter at or below 200 feet above ground level for the purposes of closed-set filmmaking.