12 September 2017
Federal Computer Week reports that FAA Administrator Michael Huerta said during the InterDrone Conference in Las Vegas that he doesn’t “think it’s an exaggeration to say that the hurricane response will be looked back upon as a landmark in the evolution of drone usage in this country.” Huerta said that after Hurricane Harvey left the Texas Gulf Coast, the agency issued more than 70 authorizations covering a wide range of recovery activities by local, state, and federal agencies that used UAVs to assess the damage at buildings, bridges and roadways. Huerta added that cell tower companies also used UAVs to examine towers and ground equipment, while insurance companies used the devices to inspect neighborhoods. (Image: Damaged houses are shown in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, Monday, Sept. 11, 2017, in the Florida Keys. Credit: Matt McClain/The Washington Post via Associated Press–©)
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