Requires specific training
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 31, 2016) — Lexington-based Unmanned Services Inc. has become the first commercial drone company in the state allowed to conduct nighttime flights, USI announced today. The company said it was one of the first in the nation to receive the Federal Aviation Administration waiver for nighttime operations for small unmanned aircraft systems.
“Nighttime operations are essential to so many drone services we will now offer,” said USI CEO Mickey Marotta. “This waiver from the FAA is an industry confirmation that USI is committed to providing the highest quality of safe and legal drone flights.”
With the waiver, drone operations can only be conducted in uncontrolled airspace unless given prior authorization from the FAA, and the aerial vehicle must be equipped with anti-collision lighting visible from at least three miles away. Flight operators must also have specific training for night operations, including recognizing visual illusions caused by darkness and understanding conditions that can degrade night vision.