It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s an Empire Unmanned drone

WILDER, Idaho – Empire Unmanned, a company that manufactures drones, recently became the first company in Idaho with legal authority to fly drones for agricultural purposes. The Federal Aviation Administration recently began permitting drones for commercial use, like the ones Empire is using in the Treasure Valley.

Another company, Star-based Advanced Aviation Solutions, partnered with Empire to provide services to local agricultural businesses. Farmers can use personal drones, but the use of commercial drones may only be used with special permits from the FAA that companies like Empire have obtained.

Empire demonstrated a drone that weighed a pound and a half that can fly for 45 minutes. Each drone costs about $25,000 and can fly 400 feet above the ground.

Source: The Spokesman-Review

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