Louisville seeks FAA approval for pilot program to fly automated drones to gunshot sites

The administration of Mayor Greg Fischer recently submitted an application for the Federal Aviation Administration’s new pilot program for drone innovation, which — if approved — would allow Louisville to become the first city in the country to fly automated drones to locations where a gunshot is detected by its new ShotSpotter technology.

Though the city denied our open records request to review the application because it is a preliminary document, Grace Simrall, the city’s chief of civic innovation, and IT director Chris Seidt sat down with Insider Louisville to discuss why they submitted the application and how the new program would work if it is given the green light by federal officials.

President Donald Trump’s executive memorandum in October directed the FAA to create the UAS Integration Pilot Program, which allows local governments to apply for an innovation zone where new drone operations would be permitted beyond the current visual line-of-sight limitations.

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By JOE SONKA | January 31, 2018