CNN and the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) have an agreement. This aggrement allows CNN to test drone systems for news-gathering.
“Our aim is to get beyond hobby-grade equipment and to establish what options are available and workable to produce high-quality video journalism using various types of UAVs and camera setups,” CNN Senior Vice President David Vigilante, said in a press release.
Getting the FAA to the table isn’t always easy. CNN had their work cut out for them, but they had the support of the industry. More than a dozen media companies banded together in a complaint against the FAA, their position was that the current policy has “an impermissible chilling effect on the First Amendment newsgathering rights of journalists.” Now the industry at large reaps the benefit of their labor.
“I think it’s great that the Federal Aviation Administration is willing to work with journalists who wish to use remotely piloted aircraft systems,” Matthew Schroyer, president of the Professional Society of Drone Journalists, writes in an email. “However, what would really help journalists is the FAA performing its legal obligation to produce small UAS rules in a timely manner, which it has been unable to do.”