US FAA issues Part 107 waiver for drone inspection services during COVID-19 requirements

The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued a Part 107 waiver for drone operations during COVID-19 for inspection services according to news reports. The Financial Times says the waiver grants an unnamed oil and gas company permission to operate drones beyond visual line of site (BVLOS) while workers’ access was limited as a result of COVID-19 recommendations and requirements. The waiver was issued within an usually short time period of 24 hours and extends “to June 30, 2020 or the expiration of the federal, state, or local COVID-19 recommendations or requirements.” The inspection drones are provided by US-Israeli start-up Airobotics.

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