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Like Amazon, other firms want permission to fly drones

Martyn Williams | July 31, 2014
Several other companies have also applied for permission to fly commercial drones.

Last week, some university professors sent an open letter to the FAA, saying its drone rules could have "severely detrimental impacts on education and research in the United States."

"We understand and share the FAA's concern about model aircraft being operated in places where they do not belong and creating a hazard to manned aircraft operations," the professors said. But "overbroad" regulations will "chill and thwart responsible parties" such as universities, while doing "little if anything to restrain those who actually could put the safety of the public at risk."

The FAA has fined at least one drone operator for commercial operation, although an administrative judge dismissed the US$10,000 penalty earlier this year, saying the FAA exceeded its jurisdiction.

 

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