FAA Airman and Airspace Rules Division (Federal Aviation Administration) announced today that the 20 of Gowdy Brothers Aerospace’s (www.GowdyBrothers.com) customers were the first ever to receive 1,120 Drones/sUAV (small Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) on their Section 333 Exemption petition grants.
The FAA requires all individuals and companies desiring to fly a drone/sUAV for commercial purposes to petition the FAA and receive a Section 333 Exemption grant.
This is largest grant of drones on an exemption since Measure, a 32 Advisors Company, LLC, was awarded 324 drones on August 28, 2015 under FAA Sect 333 exemption #12646.
“Virtually every Drone or sUAV every manufactured under 55 pounds is on the Gowdy Brothers approved lists of 1,120 Drones.” According to Jason Christenson, President of Gowdy Brothers Aerospace, LLC.
“This new process of adding 1,120 approved small Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (sUAV) to Gowdy Brothers Aerospace’s customers petitions will expedite the commercial UAV operators approval process and meet both the FAA, Airman and Airspace Rules Division’s objectives and Congress’ Modernization and Reform act of 2012, to safely integrate UAS/UAV’s into the National Airspace System (NAS),” according to an Washington, DC, FAA Airman and Airspace Rules Division source.
As of March 7, 2016, the FAA has been working to review and approve 3,799 Section 333 petitions to fly drones/sUAVs commercially from the 13,712 submissions within the past 12 months.