Intel CEO Brian Krzanich showcased a brilliant video during CES 2016 with 100 drones occupying the sky in a coordinated flight show in Germany. Audience where thrilled, and Intel amassed a Guinness World Record for flying 100 UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) all at the same time in the sky.
To top it off, Intel recently became the first company to obtain a Section 333 exemption to fly multiple drones per pilot from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Following which, the chipmaker flew 100 drones over U.S. soil.
Intel flew the 100 UAVs during the scheduled special event in Palm Springs, California. It is worth noting that the drones were made by Ascending Technologies, which is now with Intel.
Here is the video titled “Drone 100” from Intel: (Credit: YouTube/Intel)
Meanwhile, the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) has reportedly scheduled its annual event in New Orleans. In the run up to the event, FAA administrator Michael Huerta has apparently made key announcements.
Huerta reportedly noted that FAA is planning to “relax regulations on who can fly drones.” As part of this deal, students and instructors need not get a Section 333 exemption or any other forms of authorization to fly a drone for "educational and research purposes," Engadget reported.
The ones ready to fly drones for the purpose mentioned above should only follow the guidelines and rules for flying tiny aircrafts.
To top it off, Huerta reportedly said an advisory committee will be formed under FAA to help with "key unmanned aircraft integration issues." And the Drone Advisory Council will apparently be headed by Intel CEO Brian Krzanich.
Speaking of new regulations for general public, FAA might allow single pilots to fly drones individually over the allowed 400-foot ceiling to a maximum limit of 500 feet. Also, drones can be flown without a full pilot's license.
However, single pilots may have to clear a “general aeronautical knowledge test” to become eligible. And this should be done every two years.