Someday drones will inspect oil and gas pipelines, help farmers monitor crops and take keepsake photos of skiers on Colorado ski slopes — if the Federal Aviation Administration ever gets around to finalizing rules allowing commercial use of small unmanned aircraft systems in U.S. airspace.
Critics contend the FAA is taking an overly cautious approach and stifling innovation of a rapidly developing technology. Hobbyists have been allowed to fly drones without certification, but commercial applications of drone technology are only authorized through special permits. These permits require that drone operations include both a ground “pilot” and an observer, that the pilot have at least an FAA private pilot certificate and a current medical certificate, and that the drone remains within line of sight of the operator at all times.
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