TribLIVE

| USWorld


 
Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

FAA certifies first 2 drones for domestic flight

Daily Photo Galleries

By The Associated Press
Saturday, July 27, 2013, 5:09 p.m.
 

WASHINGTON — Federal regulators said on Friday that they have certified two types of unmanned aircraft for civilian use — a milestone expected to lead to the first approved commercial drone operations later this summer.

The Federal Aviation Administration said the drones are Insitu's Scan Eagle X200 and AeroVironment's PUMA. Both weigh less than 55 pounds, are about 4.5 feet long and have wingspans of 9 to 10 feet.

A major energy company plans to fly the Scan Eagle off the Alaska coast starting in August to survey ice floes and migrating whales. The PUMA is expected to support emergency response crews for oil spill monitoring and wildlife surveillance over the Beaufort Sea.

Most nonmilitary use of drones in the country has been limited to police and other government agencies.

 

 
 


Show commenting policy

Most-Read Nation

  1. Doctor 1st Ebola virus case in New York City
  2. Fight against Islamic State at impasse, military commanders say
  3. 3 killed in Md. mid-air collision
  4. 8 arrested in post-game riots in Morgantown
  5. 4 private security guards convicted
  6. Court: IRS not targeting conservative tax-exempt groups
  7. Internet providers asked not to take ‘fast lanes’
  8. Missouri officials faulted by feds for ‘selective’ probe in police shooting death
  9. West Virginia University expels 3 students for postgame misconduct
  10. Huge gold nugget goes on sale for $400K
  11. Why is it so hot in California?
Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.