CNN signs a research agreement with the FAA

14 Jan , 2015  

CNN, everyone’s favorite cable news network (*cough, sarcash *couch) released a press release where they state they they’ve entered a UAV research agreement with the FAA. Its a really short press release, only 4 paragraphs, but the last two paragraphs, which are quoted, are very revealing.

“Our aim is to get beyond hobby-grade equipment and to establish what options are available and workable to produce high quality video journalism using various types of UAVs and camera setups,” said CNN Senior Vice President David Vigilante. “Our hope is that these efforts contribute to the development of a vibrant ecosystem where operators of various types and sizes can safely operate in the US airspace.”

“Unmanned aircraft offer news organizations significant opportunities,” said FAA Administrator Michael Huerta. “We hope this agreement with CNN and the work we are doing with other news organizations and associations will help safely integrate unmanned newsgathering technology and operating procedures into the National Airspace System.”

Anyone care to speculate?

[CNN] via [Politico]