CNN has announced that it has reached an agreement with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to use Drones or Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) for news reporting.
Usage of Drones in the US for commercial purposes has been restricted, companies like Amazon have had difficulty getting the FAA to approve their drone tests.
“Our aim is to get beyond hobby-grade equipment and to establish what options are available and workable to produce high quality video journalism using various types of UAVs and camera setups,” said CNN Senior Vice President David Vigilante. “Our hope is that these efforts contribute to the development of a vibrant ecosystem where operators of various types and sizes can safely operate in the US airspace.”
The agreement between CNN and the FAA could help other companies who are looking to use drones in the U.S. receive approval from the FAA.
Whilst the agreement has been reached between CNN and the FAA, it could take up to a year before the company starts using drones for news reporting.