The Part 107 waiver represents the first time the Federal Aviation Administration has awarded a waiver for unlimited flights of unmanned aerial vehicles over people, the news network said in a statement. FAA rules prohibit drone flights over people, but waivers are available when applicants can demonstrate no risk of injury.
"This waiver signifies a critical step forward not only for CNN's UAS operations, but also the commercial UAS industry at large," David Vigilante, senior vice president of legal for CNN, said in a statement.
CNN said it will be able, for the first time, to fly an unmanned aircraft system (UAS) over open-air assemblies, up to 150 feet above ground level.
CNN already obtained waivers to fly a smaller craft over people and one for using UAS on closed sets for TV and film.
In August 2016, CNN launched a dedicated drone unit to provide aerial shots for all networks and platforms.