For years, the cardinal rule for flying civilian drones is to keep them within your line of site because it is the law. However, some drones have been recently granted permission to soar out of their pilot’s sight.
They are now allowed to inspect high-voltage power lines across the forested Great Dismal Swamp in Virginia. They are also tracking sea turtles off Florida’s coast and examining seaports in the Netherlands. Aviation authorities in the U.S. and other countries are starting to relax some safeguards imposed for drones.
There are some privacy advocates and some airplane and balloon pilots remain wary. There is a small growing group of power companies, railways, and delivery services that are paving the way for special permission drones. The expectation is that drones can deliver packages, assess a home’s insurance claims, or buzz around nighttime security patrols.
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