Hogan Lovells assists CNN to win important precedent-setting Federal Aviation Administration waiver

On 17 October 2017, CNN was awarded a precedent-setting waiver from Part 107 to operate drones (or unmanned aircraft systems) safely over people.

CNN's waiver is unique in that it allows for drone operation over people in real-world operating conditions. The waiver allows CNN to fly the Vantage Robotics Snap drone over non-participating members of the public up to an altitude of 150 feet above ground level. There are no restrictions based on population density, which will for the first time ever enable wide-ranging flights in urban and suburban environments. This is hugely important for CNN, and even more significant for the commercial drone industry at large.

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