‘Drone Use Takes Off On The HOME FRONT’: ‘Organizations That Have Sought To Use Drones’ (Wall Street Journal)

Drone Use Takes Off on the Home Front (Wall Street Journal, April 20, 2012):

Organizations That Have Sought to Use Drones

Police departments and universities nationwide have obtained licenses from the FAA to use drones, according to data obtained via Freedom of Information Act requests by the Electronic Frontier Foundation, an advocacy group. See a list of what groups have requested licenses, and the status of that request. Click on column headers to sort.

U.S. Air Force
Active
Arlington (Texas) Police Department
Active
U.S. Army
Active
CAL FIRE (California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection)
Expired
City of Herington, Kan.
Active
City of Houston Police Department
Expired
City of North Little Rock, Ark., Police Department
Active
Cornell University
Expired
DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency)
Active
DHS (Department of Homeland Security) / CBP (Customs and Border Protection)
Active
DHS (Department of Homeland Security) / Science and Technology
Active
DOE (Department of Energy) – Idaho National Laboratory
Active
DOE (Department of Energy) – National Energy Technology Laboratory
Expired
Department of Agriculture – US Forest Service
Disapproved
Department of Agriculture – US Forest Service
Expired
Department of Agriculture – Agricultural Research Service
Disapproved
Department of Agriculture – Agricultural Research Service
Active
Department of the Interior – National Business Center/Aviation Management Directorate (NBC/AMD)
Active
DOJ (Department of Justice) – Queen Anne’s County Office of the Sheriff (State unknown)
Expired
Eastern Gateway Community College
Active
FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigation)
Active
Gadsden Police Department (State unknown)
Active
Georgia Tech Police Department, Office of Emergency Preparedness
Disapproved
Georgia Tech Research Institute
Active
Hays County Emergency Service Office (State unknown)
Expired
Kansas State University
Active
Mesa County (Colo.) Sheriff’s Office
Active
Miami-Dade Police Department
Active
Middle Tennessee State University
Active
Mississippi Department of Marine Resources
Active
Mississippi State University
Active
Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office (State unknown)
Expired
NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration)
Active
U.S. Navy
Active
New Mexico Tech
Active
New Mexico State University Physical Sciences Laboratory (NMSU-PSL)
Active
Nicholls State University
Expired
NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)
Expired
Ogden (Utah) Police Department
Active
Ohio University
Active
Orange County Sheriff’s Office (State unknown)
Active
Otter Tail County (State unknown)
Disapproved
Polk County Sheriff’s Office (State unknown)
Active
Seattle Police Department
Active
Texas A&M University Corpus Christi
Active
Texas A&M University – TEES (Texas Engineering Experiment Station)
Active
Texas Department of Public Safety
Expired
Texas State University
Active
University of Alaska Fairbanks
Active
University of Arizona
Expired
University of Colorado
Active
University of Connecticut
Active
University of Florida
Active
University of Michigan
Expired
University of North Dakota
Active
University of Wisconsin
Expired
USMC (United States Marine Corps)
Active
Utah State University
Active
Virginia Commonwealth University
Expired
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Active
Washington State Department of Transportation
Expired


Source: Federal Aviation Administration, Electronic Frontier Foundation

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