NFL Giants Pledge to Contact FAA Before Future Drone Flights

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The New York Giants won’t use their aerial drone again unless they receive permission from the Federal Aviation Administration, a spokesman for the National Football League team said Thursday.

The FAA said in June that it would look into the use of drones by the Giants and the New England Patriots to film their practices. The agency said it also has been in contact with the Dallas Cowboys to “explain the proper procedure for obtaining the necessary exemption” for using unmanned aerial vehicles.

“We reached out to FAA at Teterboro, and if we plan to use again, we’ll sit down with them and follow whatever procedures are required at that point,” Giants spokesman Pat Hanlon said in an e-mail on Thursday, referring to the New Jersey airport.

Patriots spokesman Travis Basciotta declined to comment. Calls and e-mails seeking comment from Rich Dalrymple or David Abbruzese of the Cowboys weren’t immediately returned.

“We have discussed the issue with the Giants and Cowboys, and are considering an appropriate course of action for other teams’ use of” drones, the agency said in an e-mail.

Drones can’t be flown for any commercial use without a waiver from the FAA.

The FAA grants exemptions letting people use drones if they agree to certain safety guidelines, such as staying below 400 feet and away from people and airports.

The exemption process is intended to permit some flights until final regulations are in place, which the FAA says it expects next year. As of July 6, the FAA had granted 740 exemptions.

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