The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) reports that The Federal Aviation Administration (FFA) has approved 30 more commercial UAS exemptions. This brings the total number of approved operations to 99.
Among those receiving exemptions are the insurance companies USAA and AIG. Acoording to USAA, the exemption could help speed review of insurance claims from its members following natural disasters. USAA plans to fly the PrecisionHawk drone.
USAA also filed for an additional FAA exemption in November that will enhance USAA’s ability to use drones in catastrophes. That exemption petition is pending approval, and a decision is expected soon.
Other companies receiving exemptions include senseFly for precision agriculture, and AeroVironment for agriculture, aerial survey and patrol applications.