First U.S. FAA-approved 'beyond-line-of-sight' drone flight completed

First U.S. FAA-approved 'beyond-line-of-sight' drone flight completed

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration approved the first drone flight beyond the operator's line of sight as part of a joint program with the University of Arizona Fairbanks.

Key findings

The tested flight in Alaska was over an oil pipeline and did not fly over people.

Drone deliveries in Alaska are especially important because of the lack of roads in remote areas.

"The University of Alaska Fairbanks is focused on testing drone use for medical supply delivery and pipeline surveillance."

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