14 February 2014
Flying drones for business purposes is currently prohibited in the U.S. but that hasn’t stopped an increase in the number of flights well beyond the policing ability of the Federal Aviation Administration, which since 2007 hasn’t permitted commercial drones in the U.S. while it labors to write rules that allow them to fly. Some businesses flying drones make little attempt to hide what they’re doing. For instance, a Freefly drone shot footage for a documentary about the U.S. Civil War battle at Gettysburg, PA, that aired on most Public Broadcasting Service stations in the U.S. in November. Furthermore, NASA’s Aviation Safety Reporting System includes several instances where pilots reported close calls with UAVs. Some are concerned that it will be more difficult to regulate the industry the longer the FAA takes to establish its rules. (Image Credit: Wikipedia)
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