- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 5, 2016

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A Utah county is turning to drones to help survey the land and gather data.

The Salt Lake Tribune reports (https://bit.ly/29h5X5x ) that the Federal Aviation Administration has given the Salt Lake County surveyor’s office a permit to use a drone to collect photographs and elevation data.

The county currently has a $1,300 drone and is seeking bids on another. Surveyor Reid Demman says the equipment will quickly pay for itself.

Demman says drones can reduce work that used to take hours to a matter of minutes, cutting the cost of surveying and mapping.

He says the county attorney believes the FAA permit applies to any county use, so officials could loan the equipment to other departments.

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Information from: The Salt Lake Tribune, https://www.sltrib.com

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