Ever since drones have gotten more popular, more regulations have been created to help manage them, such as making it illegal for drones to fly in certain spaces, such as near airports as there have been multiple instances where we have seen near collisions with airplanes. However it seems that the FAA has decided to relax their rules a little.

In an announcement by the regulator (via Engadget), it appears that they have approved nine different companies as part of its Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability (LAANC) initiative to fly drones around the airport. One of those companies includes DJI who also shared the announcement on their website.

According to Brendan Schulman, DJI Vice President of Policy & Legal Affairs, “DJI has always led the industry in helping open America’s skies for productive small drone flights while keeping safety as the top priority, and offering LAANC capability to our customers is another example of our dedication to meeting their needs. The LAANC system is a testament to the FAA’s global leadership in integrating drones into the airspace safely and efficiently, including in areas that are close to airports, using a technology solution that reflects the fast-paced development of the drone industry.”

Now this doesn’t mean that all DJI drone owners can start flying their planes around airports. They will still need to submit an application, and even then their activities will be somewhat restricted to doing things like herding birds away, capture photos and/or videos, conduct inspections, and so on.

Filed in Robots. Read more about Dji, Drones, Faa and Legal.

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