ParaZero has revealed that the FAA has approved a first-ever waiver allowing general contractor, Hensel Phelps, to fly over people using ParaZero’s ASTM compliant SafeAir Phantom Parachute System.
The FAA confirmed that as part of the waiver process, it used the information included in the waiver application to determine the system acceptably met ASTM F3322-18.
UAS operators that purchased the ParaZero SafeAir Phantom ASTM Professional Kit, received the documentation required to demonstrate the compliance of the system.
Code of Federal Regulations 14, Part 107, defines the rules and requirements for operators of UAS for commercial purposes.
Section 107.39 restricts any UAS operations over human beings but, while necessary for safety reasons, this has been a major detriment to the growth of the commercial UAS industry as it has limited many operations in urban and sub-urban environments.
This waiver represents the first time the FAA has collaborated with industry in developing a publically available standard, worked with an applicant to ensure the testing and data collected acceptably met the standard, and issued a waiver using an industry standard as a basis to determine that a proposed sUAS operation can be safely conducted under the terms and conditions of a waiver under Part 107.
Hensel Phelps is one of the largest general contractors in the United States and has been proactive the industry in adoption of UAS technology for construction.
It says the use of UAS benefits projects by helping teams enhance safety, improve efficiency, manage and monitor schedules and communicate logistics.
ParaZero CEO, Eden Attias, commented: “The approval of this waiver is the goal ParaZero has been striving to achieve for the past two years. A replicable process is key to enable the growth of the UAS industry.”