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CNN Announces 'CNN Air' Dedicated Drone Unit

CNN Announces 'CNN Air' Dedicated Drone Unit
CNN Announces 'CNN Air' Dedicated Drone Unit. Cable television news
<p><strong>Cable television news organization&nbsp;CNN&nbsp;has launched&nbsp;CNN&nbsp;Aerial Imagery and Reporting (CNN&nbsp;Air), its first dedicated drone unit.&nbsp;CNN&nbsp;Air will employ two full-time unmanned aircraft systems operators &ldquo;to fully integrate aerial imagery and reporting across all&nbsp;CNN&nbsp;networks and platforms, along with Turner Broadcasting and Time Warner entities,&rdquo; the broadcaster announced.</strong></p> <p>An early technology adopter among news organizations, Atlanta-based&nbsp;CNN&nbsp;entered into a joint research initiative with Georgia Tech Research Institute in June 2014 to study media use of drones, an agreement that was later expanded to include cooperative research with the&nbsp;FAA.&nbsp;<a href="http://www.ainonline.com/aviation-news/aerospace/2015-05-06/faa-industry-partners-announce-pathfinder-drone-research" target="_blank">The&nbsp;FAA&nbsp;announced in May 2015</a>&nbsp;that&nbsp;CNN,BNSF&nbsp;Railway and aerial data company PrecisionHawk would participate with the agency in a &ldquo;Pathfinder&rdquo; program to explore concepts for beyond visual line-of-sight and urban use of small unmanned&nbsp;aircraft.</p> <p>CNN&rsquo;s task was to research visual line-of-sight operations over people. One aircraft it acquired was the Altus Delta&nbsp;X8&nbsp;multi-rotor drone, that company announced last&nbsp;fall.</p> <p>Supported by contractors operating drones under&nbsp;FAA&nbsp;authorization, the cable network already has experience using unmanned aircraft to cover a variety of news events, among them the flooding catastrophe in Louisiana, the water crisis in Flint, Mich., the Republican and Democratic presidential nominating conventions, the 50th anniversary of the &ldquo;Bloody Sunday&rdquo; civil rights march at the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Ala., and the 10th anniversary of Hurricane&nbsp;Katrina.</p> <p>&ldquo;CNN&rsquo;s cutting-edge development of technology to enhance the way we tell stories is a part of our&nbsp;DNA,&rdquo; stated Terence Burke, senior vice president of national news. &ldquo;We are proud to continue the tradition with&nbsp;CNN&nbsp;Air, and to establish a unit that will expand our technological capabilities for&nbsp;newsgathering.&rdquo;
</p> <p>As of August 29, operators will be able to fly small drones for commercial purposes in the&nbsp;U.S.&nbsp;under the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.ainonline.com/aviation-news/aerospace/2016-06-21/faa-issues-part-107-final-regulation-commercial-drones" target="_blank">FAA&rsquo;s new Part 107 regulation</a>; previously any such operation required an exemption from the agency. Beyond visual line-of-sight operations and flights over people will still require waivers to the regulation, the agency has&nbsp;said.</p>