Ag Drones Need New Regulations to Take Off

Posted on Jul 26, 2014

The technology is here. The uses are many. Unfortunately, for those farmers wishing to take off, the commercial use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), also known as drones, is illegal, and a clear regulatory framework is yet to be developed.

Drones, like other aircraft, are regulated by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The FAA has taken the position that it is illegal to fly nearly all commercial drones. In recent publications, the FAA has contended that “commercial operations are only authorized on a case-by-case basis.”

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