FAA Approves First Fully-Automated Commercial Drone Flights

Updated: Aug 26

BY TAL AXELROD - 01/15/21


The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) this week approved the first fully-automated commercial drone flights, giving a small firm the green light to operate drones without direct supervision by human controllers or manned piloting.


The FAA’s decision mandates that the drones only operate in rural areas at heights under 400 feet, though it is still a watershed moment in efforts by farmers, miners and others to push for boosted commercial use of unmanned drones in their work.





Source: The Hill