FAA Issues Waiver to Fly Drones With Parachutes

The Federal Aviation Administration has given the thumbs up to a company that plans to fly a parachute-equipped drone over people.

Hensel Phelps Construction Company received a Part 107 waiver on June 1 to operate a DJI Phantom 4 drone. A waiver is needed to fly a drone contrary to the small unmanned aircraft rule, FAA said.

This is the first time FAA has teamed with the commercial sector to develop a publicly available standard. worked with an applicant to ensure the testing and data met the standard, and issued a waiver using an industry standard to ensure a drone operation can be safely done under the terms and conditions of a waiver under Part 107.

Other companies can now apply to use the same drone and parachute combination.

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