AgEagle Aerial Systems Inc, an industry-leading provider of full-stack flight hardware, sensors, and software for commercial, government, and defense use, announced that the Company’s “eBee X” series, including the eBee X, eBee GEO, and eBee TAC of the fixed-wing unmanned aircraft system or UAS, are the first and only drones to comply with the Category 3 of the FAA’s “Operations of Small Unmanned Aircraft System Over People” rules. These rules were published in the Federal Register by the U.S Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in March 2021.
The Chairman and CEO of AgEagle said, “Becoming the first and only UAS approved for OOP in the United States is expected to have a material impact on AgEagle’s growth and standing as a recognized leader in this industry. It is another testament to our commitment to providing our commercial partners with the best-in-class solutions. We are also confident that this will serve as a key driver in the growth of eBee utilization in the United States.” He further added, “We believe it will further improve the business applications made possible by our drone platform for a wide range of commercial enterprises which stand to benefit from the adoption of drones in their business. Especially those in industries such as insurance for storm damage assessment, telecommunications for network coverage mapping, and energy for power line and pipeline inspections, will benefit from using drones.”
For sUAS users, securing a Part 107 certificate of waiver from the U.S Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is the longest, most arduous, and most costly process. However, now that the eBee has been approved and is compliant with Category 3 of the rules, the drone operators no longer require an FAA waiver for OOP or Operations over Moving Vehicles.