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FAA proposes regulations for drones

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KHQ - The Federal Aviation Administration has proposed new rules on the use of unmanned drones. Currently, almost all commercial drone use is banned in the U.S. but new regulations proposed by the FAA would relax restrictions.

Under the proposed regulations, drones would not be allowed to weigh more than 55 pounds and could not fly faster than 100 miles per hour. Drones could not fly within five miles of an airport and could not fly above 500 feet.

Pilots of the remote-controlled aircrafts would have to be at least 17-yeard-old, keep the drone in sight at all times, pass an aeronautics test and be vetted by the transportation safety administration.

In the last few months, there have been several examples of drones coming too close to airplanes and in January, a drone crashed on the White House lawn.

President Obama is also ordering federal agencies to review privacy policy and civil rights laws before using drones and also said that any personal information collected by drones could only be stored up to six months.


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