The FAA is intending to propose new rules for civilian use of small drone aircraft in January. UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles), also known popularly as “drones,” are most recognized for their crucial role in the war in Afghanistan. They have been also used very recently in civilian field, you may recall that after the catastrophic tsunami that struck Japan earlier this year, several types of robotic aircraft assisted air ambulance crews in search and rescue operations. The FAA hasn’t fully permitted drones in airspace at home due to concerns that the robotic craft do not yet have sufficient “detect, sense, and avoid. This story may seem like the science fiction of years past, but the technology of reality has now caught up with the writer’s imagination. What’s more, now that robotic aircraft technology has arrived, it’s very unlikely to disappear.
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