Feds still mulling drone guidelines


ASSOCIATED PRESS: The government says citizens can use drones — just with restrictions.

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ASSOCIATED PRESS: The government says citizens can use drones — just with restrictions.

Long-anticipated rules proposed Sunday will open an era in which small (under 55 pounds) commercial unmanned aircraft perform routine tasks — crop monitoring, aerial photography, inspections of bridges and cell towers, and much more. But not right away. Final rules are probably two to three years away.

And when they are in place, they may include a separate category with fewer restrictions for very small drones, likely to be defined as less than 4.4 pounds.

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