We all know that flying a drone even close to any airport is completely illegal but on Jan 10, the rules were changed. For the first time in the history of Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) a special waiver was granted to a US company and everyone was surprised; to see their Drones Flying At A Class B Airspace.
Although the FAA has previously granted permission for drone operations but at relatively less busy and much smaller airports. On Jan 10, 3D Robotics was granted special permission from the agency to conduct drone flights on purpose. The Berkeley-based company had to collect data about a couple of parking building structures, constructed at the world’s busiest airport.
When granted permission under FAA’s commercial drone rules, 3D Robotics started their operation and conducted at least seven drone flights. The data thus collected helped a construction firm that was exclusively hired to demolish the said parking structures.
3D Robotics successfully collected the data required to help the construction firm plan a secured and rapid demolition and it took them hardly few hours to complete a task; that would take several days for a team of workers.
As mentioned above, carrying out any activities involving a drone anywhere close to even a smaller airport is not legal whereas the above noted company was allowed to fly their drones at ‘Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International. This particular airport that is not only the busiest in the world; the same falls under ‘Class B’ i.e. a special classification for an airspace.
During their operation, three ‘spotters’ remained extremely busy since it was 3D Robotics’ responsibility to avoid even the slightest delay or hindrance in any of the flight operations. The spotters thus constantly watch the drone flights closely and at the same time remained in touch with air traffic control.