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Does Xcel Energy’s Waiver for Beyond Visual Line of Sight Drone Operations Break New Ground?

This article is co-authored by Sara Baxenberg and Josh Turner


News outlets are reporting this week that Xcel Energy has received a waiver from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to conduct unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) operations beyond visual line of sight of the operator.  Xcel CEO Ben Fowke explained to the press that Xcel will use the waiver “to conduct flights that will enhance grid reliability and safety for our employees and the public.”  The company has touted the waiver as “unprecedented” and “groundbreaking.”  But is this really uncharted territory for expanded UAS operations?