State Farm has received a long-term FAA waiver to fly drones beyond the operator’s visual line of sight (BVLOS) and over people, activities the agency currently restricts.

In January, the insurance company announced what it called the first such national waiver to operate drones for damage-assessment flights after natural disasters through November 2022. Previous waivers the company received were temporary authorizations to fly drones BVLOS and over people following Hurricanes Florence and Michael last fall.