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Drone Aviation Holding Corp (“DAC” or “Drone Aviation”), manufacturer of tethered drones and lighter-than-air aerostats, has announced that Aviation Systems Engineering Company (ASEC), Inc. has filed with the FAA, an amendment to its previously granted 333 exemption for the commercial operation of Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems to include DAC’s WATT-200 electric tethered drone.

If the request is granted, the amended 333 exemption would allow ASEC to be an FAA-approved operator of DAC’s new WATT-200 electric tethered drone. Drone Aviation and ASEC plan to partner on various commercial opportunities including infrastructure monitoring and disaster response programs.

“The opportunities for commercial tethered drones for security, infrastructure inspection and disaster response is tremendous and ASEC believes that by harnessing DAC’s innovative tethered drone technology and the WATT-200, we will be able to offer our customers an exciting range of new capabilities featuring safe, enhanced flight duration,” said, Brent Klavon, Commercial sUAS Manager for ASEC.

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Jay Nussbaum, chairman of Drone Aviation, added, “We are pleased that ASEC, a trusted provider of flight services for the military, recognizes the unique safety and long endurance flight capabilities of our WATT-200 electric tethered drone. We look forward to working closely together on safe and reliable tethered commercial flight operations of the WATT upon the granting of the amendment by the FAA.”

DAC says the WATT-200 tethered drone is the first model of a new line of commercial-grade, turn-key electric tethered drones designed to provide secure and reliable aerial monitoring for extended durations while being tethered to the ground via a high strength armored tether. They claim that Unlike “hobbycraft drones,” WATT is suited for a wide number of news gathering, industrial and emergency response applications where manned aircraft and even free-flying drones are unable to deliver the long flight duration and commercial grade real-time day/night video monitoring capabilities needed.