Much of the buzz about commercial unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) has focused on planned package-delivery operations. But a freight rail company selected as one of the FAA’s original “Pathfinder” partners in 2015 already is seeing benefits from using drones for a variety of purposes. The FAA chose BNSF Railway to test-fly drones beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) of an operator, a capability considered key to the commercial success of package delivery and other operations ...

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