The Mid-Atlantic Aviation Partnership at Virginia Tech is studying how reporters could use unmanned aircraft to gather news in a way that would placate the Federal Aviation Administration.
“It’s not legal right now,” says Rose Mooney, executive director with the partnership. “The FAA has not set standards for use commercially, and that would be considered a commercial use.
Mooney says a coalition of news organizations is working with the group to research real-life scenarios where reporters could use small unmanned aircraft.
“Journalists would like to use it for special interest stories, for traffic, for breaking news like emergencies and fires and accidents,” says Mooney. “So, there are number of ways journalists are discussing using UAS for their work.”