FAA grants flight-over-people waiver for ParaZero SafeAir system

ParaZeroDrone Israel Ltd. (ASX; PRZ) safety systems company has announced the FAA has issued the first flight-over-people with a parachute system waiver to a UAS operator using the ParaZero SafeAir System, the company said.

The waiver for Part 107.39(a) has been granted to North Dakota operator, Botlink, using ParaZero´s SafeAir System on a DJI Phantom 4. The company is utilizing the waiver to perform missions for local law enforcement as well as for generating media content as part of the UAS Integration Pilot Program (UASIPP) lead by the North Dakota Department of Transportation.

The first flights using the waiver were conducted during the tailgating event prior to the North Dakota State University vs South Dakota State football game at the FargoDome in North Dakota. The drone performed multiple flights over the crowds gathered in the stadium´s parking lots and provided important, real-time footage for local law enforcement and media companies.

The FAA´s rule for commercial UAS, also known as Part 107, restricts all UAS flight over unprotected people. This limitation, while necessary for the safety of the public underneath, has inhibited the growth of the industry as it blocks most UAS operations in urban environments and some operations in rural areas as well.

The ParaZero drone safety system being used for the operations under this waiver includes a fully autonomous triggering system that deploys quickly and reliably without being dependent on the operator´s response time. Once the parachute deploys, the system stops the spinning rotors to avoid entanglement with the parachute cords and reduces the risk of laceration injuries to people on the ground.

ParaZero offers a smart and intuitive solution to enable drone industry growth by designing, developing and providing best-in-class autonomous safety systems for commercial drones.