Tennessee County Gets FAA Waiver for Drone Ops Over People

Rutherford County, Tennessee, has received an FAA waiver to conduct commercial UAS operations over people, becoming the first and only county government in the U.S. with this capability.

The county will utilize Vantage Robotics’ Snap UAS for these operations in both emergency and non-emergency situations.

“We’re excited at Vantage, both to be continuing to pave new ground for safe and legal UAV use near people as well to see Snap contributing to public safety,” Vantage says.

This landmark FAA waiver comes a little over a year after the FAA granted CNN a “first-of-its-kind Part 107 waiver” that allows the media organization to fly a small UAS over people. Like Rutherford County, CNN also utilized the Snap UAS.

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