ADI is partnering with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to share information from the agency in the advancement of drone use for the response effort to COVID-19. The FAA has told ADI that they are supportive of drone use during our national crisis, particularly for public safety operations. If you are using drones as part of the pandemic response, please let us know so we can highlight your story online and share with the FAA. We are also interested in learning about operations you would like to conduct, as well as any specific regulations that prohibit you from doing so. This information will help inform the FAA on operations that the drone community could conduct should the agency expand options for approved response operations.
Whatever operational path you take, the FAA strongly recommends you coordinate with local government and/or public health officials, and/or the community you are intending to serve, before flying in support of COVID-19 response efforts. This is a pre-requisite for the FAA to expedite approvals outside of normal processes.
The FAA will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates as needed. The FAA’s UAS Support Center is also available to help if you have questions at 844-FLY-MY-UA or firstname.lastname@example.org.