Sinclair Broadcast Group, which operates the largest newsgathering drone program in the country, has been granted permission by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) that few drones operators have.
The broadcaster will be allowed to fly its drones past daylight hours.
Sinclair said the waiver was granted based on the company’s demonstrated high standards of safety.
Sinclair currently has almost 100 FAA certified and licensed pilots, and nearly 50 trained visual observers, operating at 40 stations and having logged over 6,000 drone flights to date.
“A lot of breaking news happens at night, whether it is safety or weather related, and these exigent circumstances benefit from drone coverage,” said Jeff Rose, Sinclair’s chief pilot and head of drone fleet operations.