Matt Waite says FAA proposal is good sign for journalism

Monday, February 16, 2015 - 6:00pm

The FAA’s proposal for “surprisingly flexible and permissive” rules is an encouraging signal for the future of drone journalism, as well as for other commercial uses of unmanned aerial vehicles, according to the director of University of Nebraska–Lincoln’s Drone Journalism Laboratory.

The FAA estimates 7,000 businesses will get drone permits within three years after the new regulations take effect.

“Simply put, drones for journalism become very possible and very legal under these rules,” said Matthew Waite, a University of Nebraska–Lincoln news-editorial professor of practice who heads up the laboratory. “Only a few things won’t be allowed, and they’re minor in the grand scheme of things.”

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