CNN and the Federal Aviation Administration have signed a deal to bring drones into news reporting and news gathering.
“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,” CNN Senior VP David Vigilante said in a statement. “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.”
This represents a major milestone in how news may be reported in the future as the use of unmanned aerial vehicles would certainly help keep tabs on hurricanes, traffic, wildfires, and other similar occurrences.
CNN has been studying the use of drones with the Georgia Institute of Technology since June 2014 as part of an initiative to learn the best and safest practices for utilizing drones for news applications.