FAA has rolled out permissions for four companies to commercial operate UAVs/ drones in the United States. According to Gabriel Dobbs from Skycatch this is seen as a great move, and can boost and expand the UAV market in 2015.
According to Fox news, The permits were granted to Trimble Navigation Limited, VDOS Global LLC, Clayco Inc. and Woolpert Inc., which received two permits. These permissions allow the operators to fly the drones under 55 pounds (25 Kilograms) to fly under the 100 feet (30 meter) with in the line of site of the operator.
Tomislav Zigo, a Director at Clayco who has been pioneering the Skycatch's UAV efforts said “I am pleased with this development, and looking forward to getting on to the real work of integrating UAVs into our daily workflow. This is an early insight into the future of construction sites.”
This is a great news for the geospatial community and its clients from various industries like construction, agriculture, mining and oil&gas etc. as they will reap the benefits.