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Idea of civilians ('police, farmers & others') using drone aircraft may soon fly with FAA
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Edited on Sun Nov-27-11 01:13 PM by kpete
Source: los Angeles Times

Idea of civilians using drone aircraft may soon fly with FAA
The Federal Aviation Administration plans to propose new rules for the use of small drones in January, a first step toward clearing the way for police departments, farmers and others to employ the technology.

Drone aircraft, best known for their role in hunting and destroying terrorist hide-outs in Afghanistan, may soon be coming to the skies near you.

Police agencies want drones for air support to spot runaway criminals. Utility companies believe they can help monitor oil, gas and water pipelines. Farmers think drones could aid in spraying their crops with pesticides.

"It's going to happen," said Dan Elwell, vice president of civil aviation at the Aerospace Industries Assn. "Now it's about figuring out how to safely assimilate the technology into national airspace."



Read more: http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-drones-for-profit...
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  -Idea of civilians ('police, farmers & others') using drone aircraft may soon fly with FAA kpete  Nov-27-11 01:12 PM   #0 
  - Imagine what Police will do with this  DreamSmoker   Nov-27-11 01:40 PM   #1 
  - Sounds almost as bad as what civilians would do with it.  LanternWaste   Nov-28-11 11:48 AM   #22 
  - Home skeet range? PULL! n/t  James48   Nov-27-11 01:59 PM   #2 
  - These drones would be expensive  zalinda   Nov-27-11 02:02 PM   #3 
  - Excellent point. Could they infect crops with gmo stuff?  cpamomfromtexas   Nov-27-11 02:44 PM   #5 
  - Expensive LOL  bl968   Nov-27-11 07:15 PM   #15 
  - I'll throw this out as well...  RexDart   Nov-27-11 11:23 PM   #20 
  - You're wrong on the farms.  Xithras   Nov-28-11 12:00 PM   #23 
  - This is how skynet will control our food supply. jk nt  bananas   Nov-28-11 01:20 PM   #25 
  - Tuna fishermen have been using them for years - cost about $70,000  hack89   Nov-28-11 01:53 PM   #26 
  - The BOTTOM LINE is...  Plucketeer   Nov-27-11 02:15 PM   #4 
  - Could lead to the repeal of most Trespassing laws in the US.  happyslug   Nov-27-11 02:46 PM   #6 
  - this is a bad bad idea........  kooljerk666   Nov-27-11 03:18 PM   #7 
  - This is from the Onion, right ?  russspeakeasy   Nov-27-11 04:55 PM   #8 
  - Drones made available to...  enigmaticang3l   Nov-27-11 05:45 PM   #10 
  - Good grief........  Swede Atlanta    Nov-27-11 05:41 PM   #9 
  - Radio controlled aircraft have existed for ages. Total FUD story.  Posteritatis   Nov-27-11 05:50 PM   #11 
  - What's the difference between an RC plane and a drone?  Xithras   Nov-28-11 12:03 PM   #24 
  - Imagine what Google can do with them  SavWriter   Nov-27-11 06:39 PM   #12 
  - I'm not so sure what to make of this yet, but  Proles   Nov-27-11 07:02 PM   #13 
  - Not really  bl968   Nov-27-11 07:30 PM   #17 
  - Deleted message  Name removed   Nov-27-11 07:13 PM   #14 
  - how is it different  bl968   Nov-27-11 07:48 PM   #18 
     - Deleted message  Name removed   Nov-27-11 07:57 PM   #19 
        - Your slip is showing  bl968   Nov-28-11 12:44 AM   #21 
  - Now all we need is an EMF pulse to kill all the computers and it'll be Dark Angel 2012. Or...  freshwest   Nov-27-11 07:21 PM   #16 
 

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