In 2014, agricultural business were vying for the right to use unmanned aircraft systems, also known as drones, for commercial purposes.
Right now drones can only be used for hobby, but the Federal Aviation Administration is starting to allow exemptions. On January 6, they granted two, one for a real estate company and the other to Advanced Aviation Solutions in Spokane, Washington, which is an agriculture company that wants to use drones for photographic measurements and to perform crop scouting.
The exemptions require a FAA licensed pilot and an observer for operations.
The FAA has received 214 requests for exemptions and have granted 14.