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U.S. drone rules expected to be in place for early 2016

By Neasa MacErlean

17 August 2015 at 07:33 BST

The Federal Aviation Administration of the U.S. is expected to have regulations in place to cover small drones early next year, as the issue becomes a matter of urgency as their use becomes more prolific.

Currently, a pilot’s certificate is needed to be exempt from the federal ban. The new regulations as drawn would require simply a written test and a vetting. Meanwhile, over 1,100 exemptions to the ban have been issued so far by the FAA.


The FAA has reported a steep increase in the number of drones flying at dangerous altitudes that could put them on a collision course with manned planes. There were 650 sightings of drones by pilots in 2015 to August 9th, compared to 238 reported sightings for the entirety of 2014. Source: Chron


Drones are one of the main subjects of the Robotics Law Journal, which has just been launched. If you would like free access to a copy of the first issue, please email the editor at: neasamacerlean@globalcitymedia.com


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