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Jim Williams: FAA to Fast-Track Drone Approval in Certain Industries

droneThe Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International has called on the Federal Aviation Administration to permit use of drones for some commercial operations, Homeland Security Today reported Tuesday.

HS Today reports that the FAA is collaborating with industry to help certain businesses start leveraging unmanned technology before the agency releases final UAS guidance, according to HS Today.

Jim Williams, FAA manager for UAS integration, said he expects the agency to approve limited drone use in the filmmaking, powerline and flare stack inspection and precision agriculture fields, according to the report.

“These industries represent the examples of the commercial potential that we highlighted in our economic report last year,” said Michael Toscano, AUVSI president and CEO, according to HS Today.

“The report found that in the first decade following integration, the UAS industry will create more than 100,000 jobs and $82 billion in economic impact,” Toscano added, according to the article.

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