- The Washington Times - Wednesday, October 18, 2017

President Trump’s tiffs with CNN did not stop the network from receiving Federal Aviation Administration approval for new drones that will hover above crowds.

The network that Mr. Trump has called “fake news” has been granted the first FAA waiver to use unmanned aerial systems over crowds during its broadcasts. The decision was confirmed Wednesday by David Vigilante, senior vice president of legal for CNN.

“This waiver signifies a critical step forward not only for CNN’s UAS operations, but also the commercial UAS industry at large,” Mr. Vigilante told Bloomberg News.

CNN will use “Snap” drones (1.37 pounds) that easily break apart during crashes to avoid injuries.

Time Warner Inc.’s CNN and Vantage Robotics spent two years designing and testing the device, Bloomberg reported.

• Douglas Ernst can be reached at dernst@washingtontimes.com.

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