Northern Nevada mines adopting drone technology

The use of unmanned aerial vehicles at mines is taking off in northern Nevada as operators apply the technology to tasks such as surveying and inspections.

The Federal Aviation Administration made way for the commercial use of drones, such as work at mines, when it updated commercial operation rules for small UAVs effective August 2016. Instead of requiring a pilot’s license, the federal government allows an operator to pass an aeronautical knowledge test to be able to fly commercially under certain restrictions.

Drone-based businesses have since launched to answer the growing demand for drone equipment and services …

Elko Daily Free Press| Dec. 1, 2017

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