CNN Gets An FAA Waiver To Fly Drones Over Crowds

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This is a new precedent for this kind of waiver. Previous exemptions allowed the flight of drones over people in closed set operations (like for filmmaking purposes) and only when tethered, with a max height of 21 feet. But now CNN has been awarded a waiver regarding its commercial drone operating license with the FAA.

This waiver/exemption allows CNN to fly its Vantage Robotics Snap drone over open-air crowds of people at altitudes of up to 150 feet, sparking privacy concerns. The new waiver, as secured through its legal counsel Hogan Lovells, allows for the flight of the Vantage UAV (which is quite small and light) above crowds regardless of population density. It was a big win for the firm and the company because it represents a change in perspective on the issue for the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration), which previously viewed all requests for exceptions from a “worst-case scenario” point of view.

The FAA has now accepted CNN’s “reasonableness approach,” which takes into account not just the potential results of a crashed drone, but also the safe operating history of the company doing the flying, their built-in safety procedures, and the features included on the drone model itself that are designed to mitigate the results of any negative issues.

“This waiver signifies a critical step forward not only for CNN’s UAS operations but also the commercial UAS industry at large,” said David Vigilante, SVP of Legal for CNN.  “We are truly grateful to the FAA for allowing CNN to demonstrate its continued commitment to safe UAS operations.”

This could definitely be an asset to news gathering since a drone’s eye view of protests, demonstrations, and other large groups would indeed aid in telling the story. Drone use also means not having to locate and fly a helicopter whenever this is desired. Helicopters can cause a lot of damage in freefall into crowds which is why the new safety consideration by the FAA makes more sense than the one it replaces.

Only time will tell if this will end up violating the privacy rights of others. But knowing mainstream media outlets, that’s most likely a given.

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  • TrevorD

    “Only time will tell if this will end up violating the privacy rights of others”.
    Hello….Considering CNN is a puppet of the Globalists NWO network and the FAA does what they are told by the same, do we really need to ask where this going?

  • darkhorse

    wait for the lawsuits to begin…drones falling on people, hurting them, causing accidents, flying into airplane propellers..insane idea…people can’t drive their cars without crashing….why would drones be different?

  • RandyJ/ProudSurvivor

    Privacy concerns aside, having CNN providing live, real time coverage of the next staged false flag shooting, will surely be useful in shocking the masses into giving up their guns. What better way to jolt the Sheeple than to air live coverage as the mayhem unfolds? Let’s see if they’re smart enough to only show one of the several “shooters” that the narrative will blame on only one person. What a feather in CNN’s cap it would be if they could lay claim to the death of the Second Amendment. They might even make themselves relevant again. At least in the eyes of their fellow gun grabber clansmen and their globalist overlords.

  • dav1bg

    Wonder if the helicopter over the Las Vegas crowd had a “reasonableness” permit?

    • RandyJ/ProudSurvivor

      Or just a band of merry shooters.

  • huntress

    Uhhh, why don’t you give the fox a drone to guard the hen house, duh. Another wonderful gubmint agency,….the faa. Let me get this straight,…you’re giving a drone to the communist klinton news network granted by the corrupt gubmint agency called the faa?

  • Mayday911us

    So I know what the terrorists are going to do slip with CNN logo on the side of it and have it loaded with bombs or chemical agents.