Oregon drone operators eager for FAA approval


The Federal Aviation Administration must craft a drone policy by September 2015.

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The Federal Aviation Administration must craft a drone policy by September 2015.

In Oregon, the main uses of drones are expected to be limited to agriculture, where large farms often recruit planes or helicopters to inspect crops from the air, and in wildfire and emergency response as an aerial scout for first responders.

“The 2015 goal that the FAA has sounds great, but I’m just not going to hold my breath,” said Stephen Burtt of Aerial Technology International in Clackamas. “If it takes to 2017, there will be a lot of upset businesses.”

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