The FAA says it will allow commercial drone operators to fly drones on the nation’s airspace from now until July 1.
The agency said it has granted a provisional license to three companies in order to gather data about the airspace, the FAA said.
The FAA also issued a temporary permit to drone operator Matt Schumacher, who was looking to fly a small drone for the first time, the agency said.
“Drones have become an integral part of our nation’s aviation infrastructure and will continue to evolve with advancements in technology,” FAA Administrator Michael Huerta said in a statement.
“We have long supported the development of unmanned systems to improve safety and efficiency.
Today, the aviation community is at the forefront of these efforts and we welcome their continued use in a safe and responsible manner.”
Schumacher flew a small plane in the U.S. from 2009 to 2013 and said he plans to fly more commercial drones in the future.
“I’ve flown the airplane several times over the years, but never in a commercial context,” he said in an interview.
“It’s a lot of fun to fly.
It’s really, really fun.”
Schuman said he planned to fly several commercial drones over New York City in the coming months, but only with a drone owner who also owns an airplane.
The two licenses were granted under the FAA’s program to support commercial drone operations in the public interest.
The program is based on the agency’s “Public Safety Aircraft” license, which allows commercial drone pilots to fly unmanned aircraft within certain areas of the country.
The FAA has said it plans to allow commercial drones to fly over the U,S.
territory of Guam, the U; the U.; Alaska, U. S.; and Canada.
While drones are legal in some U. s territories, the government is still studying their use in other U.s. countries.