Four companies that requested forÂ regulatory exemptions have received approvals from the Federal Aviation Administration for unmanned aircraft systems operations.
The FAA said Wednesday it granted the exemptions toÂ Trimble Navigation, VDOS Global, ClaycoÂ and Woolpert for theirÂ aerial surveying, construction site monitoring and oil rig flare stack inspections operations.
Woolpert received two exemptions from the FAA under this initiative.
âThe FAAâs first priority is the safety of our nationâs aviation system. Todayâs exemptions are a step toward integrating UAS operations safely,”Â said Michael Huerta,Â FAA administrator.
According to the FAA, the companies requested exemptions from someÂ regulations onÂ general flight, pilot certificate requirements, manuals, maintenance and equipment.
Companies covered under the approvals are required to issueÂ reports of accidents.