North Dakota agency gets waiver to fly drones over people

The North Dakota Department of Transportation was selected last year as one of 10 participants for a drone integration program that has become somewhat of a race to see who can find the next best thing to help quickly and safely incorporate drones into the national airspace.

The NDDOT last month became the first state government agency granted a waiver to fly unmanned aircraft over people, which wasn’t necessarily a surprising announcement given the state’s background that includes the nation’s first done business park and a company that supplies done pilots around the world. What was a bonus, state officials say, is that the Federal Aviation Administration permit extends for four years. The first waiver the state received to fly over people was for two months, when the Red River was flooding.