Forensics investigation firm Donan received its second FAAexemption for the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs, also knownas drones), joining an elite group that includes insurance carrierssuch as State Farm, USAA and AIG. The exemption applies to itsfleet of fixed-wing multi-rotor UAVs, which can be used forengineering and fire investigation inspections. The companyreceived another exemption in May for its fixed-wing SenseflyeBee.

The exemptions allow Donan to gather data over large areas withits fixed-wing drones or use the multi-rotor drones forsingle-property investigations where it can capture small detailslike hail strikes on a structure. The quadcopters move similarly toa helicopter and can hover in place to capture high-definitionvideo and images. They also will be equipped with infrared camerasfor thermal imaging.

The FAA is granting exemptions on a case-by-case basis until itreleases final regulations for drone use. The exemptions alsooutline safety guidelines.

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