Disney gets approval to use drones over parks, resorts


ORLANDO, Fla. – Disney received approval from the Federal Aviation Administration this week to fly drones over its Florida and California parks during nighttime shows.

The waiver issued to Walt Disney Parks and Resorts is for the operation "of multiple small unmanned aircraft systems," according to the FAA certificate. 

The permission for flight from the FAA covers both nighttime and daytime operations.

The airspace waiver runs through Nov. 30, 2020.

Disney filed the request in October 2015 to use the "Flixels system" to monitor a "multicopter fleet."

Flixels refers to Disney's unmanned aircraft system.

According to Disney's request " a four-, six,- or eight-blade aircraft" will be used. A Disney employee will oversee the flight of the vehicles during each show.

With the FAA permission Disney said they will "bring Flixels to life as an element of spectaculat live shows that will become fixtures at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida and the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California," accoriding to the request.

Disney plans to launch and land the drones from the same area where it manages the resort's fireworks shows, according to the request.




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