The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has introduced a series of drone waiver updates aimed at improving safety and expanding operations. These updates are a product of a collaborative effort between public safety stakeholders, various companies, and the FAA itself.

Drone as a First Responder BVLOS Waiver

One of the most significant updates is the new Drone as a First Responder (DFR) Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) Waiver Template. This notable change simplifies and speeds up the BVLOS waiver approval process from over six months to a mere few days. This waiver can be accessed here.

Wildfire Red Flag Warning SGI Waiver

In light of increasing Wildfire incidents, the FAA has also established a new Wildfire Red Flag Warning SGI Waiver. This permits the issuance of a Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) for true BVLOS operations during pre-wildfire reconnaissance, which is crucial for detecting and preventing disastrous fires. More information about emergency…