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FAA's New Drone Rules Only A 'Starting Point' For Businesses

By Daniel Wilson (January 5, 2021, 10:29 PM EST) -- Recently finalized rules allowing drones to fly over people and at night may pave the way for increased commercial use of the technology, but such operations still face barriers stemming from property rights concerns, privacy rules and jurisdictional uncertainty.

In two final rules released on Dec. 28, the Federal Aviation Administration lifted its requirement that commercial operators obtain a waiver for drone flights over people, over moving vehicles and at night, while also requiring drones to be remotely identifiable and locatable by the FAA. The agency had long said it would not enable waiver-free flights over people without accompanying remote ID...

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