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Skyward (Verizon) deploys remote network-connected drone during Big Hollow Wildfire

Verizon deploys remote network-connected drone during Big Hollow Wildfire

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) granted Skyward, A Verizon company, a temporary waiver that allows company pilots to fly the Percepto Sparrow drone from their homes to inspect critical communications infrastructure near the Big Hollow wildfire in Washington. The waiver permits operations 24 hours a day, with less than 3 miles of visibility, and no pilot or observer on site.

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Washington State uses drone to monitor Skagit Wildlife Area habitat

U.S. Fish & Wildlife uses a drone to monitor Skagit Wildlife Area habitat

From August 31 to September 3, the State of Washington used a drone to monitor the Skagit Wildlife Area habitat collecting imagery of about 1,200 acres of tidal marsh habitat.

Update: the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service reached out to DroneXL saying that they were not the project agency as previously stated, and that they did not circumvent the DOI drone prohibition. They informed us that instead, the State of Washington was the project agency. The article is updated accordingly.

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