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Briefing July 2014 Issue

Briefing: July 2014

The Drones Are Coming

Although the FAA continues to move at its normal glacial pace toward integrating unmanned aircraft systems into the National Airspace System, the UAS industry is blazing ahead. In May, an FAA official said it could take until 2020 to finalize rules for integration, but at the annual trade show for the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International, held in Orlando, Fla., advocates were hopeful that some kind of rules could be worked out sooner. At the show, manufacturers showed drones capable of aerial photography, crop dusting, power line maintenance, and more--but the key to their success may be proving they can consistently sense and avoid other aircraft.

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