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North Dakota Highway Patrol receives Federal Waiver to fly drones over people


August 19, 2019

The North Dakota Highway Patrol has received a four-year waiver from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to operate drones/Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) over people. The FAA approved the Highway Patrol’s waiver as part of the North Dakota Department of Transportation’s UAS Integration Pilot Program.

The North Dakota Highway Patrol will be the first state highway patrol agency in the United States to receive this type of waiver, which enables them to routinely conduct UAS operations over people using a drone– in this case a DJI Mavic 2 series equipped with a ParaZero SafeAir pa...

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