- Associated Press - Sunday, December 14, 2014

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) - A southwestern Ohio company will be allowed to fly drones in U.S. airspace for the purpose of aerial surveys.

The Federal Aviation Administration granted Woolpert Inc. permission this week to fly the unoccupied aircraft systems in commercial operations.

Woolpert is an engineering, architecture and geospatial firm based in the Dayton suburb of Beavercreek. It was among four companies that received regulatory exemptions this week.

In its petition for exemptions, the company said it will operate drones weighing less than 55 pounds and keep them within an operator’s line of sight at all times.

U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx found that the drones do not need an FAA-issued certificate of airworthiness to conduct the work because they don’t pose a threat to national airspace users or to national security.



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