Podcast Drones in America hosted by Grant Guillot, talks to Executive Director of Federal Aviation Administration, Jay Merkle, to gain his insights regarding such issues as what drone users can expect in regards to Operations over People, Remote ID and the use of drones in public safety.
The public perception of drones is a prominent concern among the drone industry and is seen as one of the larger threats to the timeline of rolling out more sophisticated UAV operations throughout the country. Merkle weighs in on how he is working to change this negative narrative and how drones can be a tool for positive impact in the community.
Also, Merkle discusses how one company in North Carolina is ingeniously using multiple visual observers to extend their “line of sight” to a 25-mile long route. Novant Health is delivering medical supplies between their facilities using drones with the help of Zipline’s technologies. They have developed an advanced system of visual observers to get around the need for a part 135 clearance, but also to ensure safety throughout the entire route and limit the risk that comes with beyond line of sight flying.
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