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This Is The FAA's Plan For Drone-Friendly Skies

•, By Kelsey D. Atherton
The United States is one step closer to a more drone-filled future. The Federal Aviation Administration, which regulates civilian flight in America, published a report yesterday titled Integration of Civil Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) in the National Airspace System (NAS), a roadmap for adding drones to the skies of tomorrow. It's the FAA's plan to safely integrate drones with everything else soaring around above our heads.

Right now, drones are highly restricted in American airspace: the FAA prohibits their use except through specific test-site approval or, in the case of smaller drones, as model airplanes and toys. (Even in that case, the FAA restricts use of personal drones for commercial purposes, and even filed a complaint against a hobbyist pilot that sold video footage his drone recorded.) But widespread use of drones is coming, and those drones will have to come into a sky already populated by airlines, shipping companies, commercial helicopters, and licensed pilots.

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