There was a lot of enthusiasm at Valmie Resources when we received the news that our company had received the sought after FAA 333 Exemption to commercially operate unmanned aircraft in the National Airspace System.
This authority is being leveraged to grant case-by- case authorization for certain unmanned aircraft to perform commercial operations prior to the finalization of the Small UAS Rule, which will be the primary method for authorizing small UAS operations once it is complete.
When the excitement died down we began a thoughtful and careful consideration about what our authorization signified. As U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said, “Make no mistake: unmanned aircraft enthusiasts are aviators, and with that title comes a great deal of responsibility.”
First, for us it means we are pioneers in this emerging space. We are among the first to have the ability to fly commercially and therefore will forever be viewed as industry trailblazers. We take this responsibility very seriously as we move forward with growth plans in a responsible manner.
Next, we will fly safely. With every negative drone incident our entire industry suffers a setback. We plan to follow applicable safety guidelines and never do anything that will damage the evolution of this exciting sector.
Last, we are committed to the overall growth of the drone sector as well as the growth of Valmie, and we are open to collaborations that will not only move our companies forward but also the entire industry. We are pleased with the partnerships we have formed thus far and look forward to partnering with other like-minded companies that hold a vision of drones for good in the years to come.